January 20th through the 26th marks the 20th annual Healthy Weight Week. This is a time to celebrate healthy diet-free lifestyle habits that are lifelong.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention describes a healthy weight as being part of a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and a balance between the number of calories taken in and the number of calories your body uses.
An unhealthy weight can lead to a variety of health conditions including:
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
- Liver and Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
- Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
One way to determine if you are in a healthy weight range is by calculating your BMI. Overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher; obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher.
Take part in the 20th annual Healthy Weight Week by making a change that will make you a healthier person.