Why overweight is a health problem

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A person’s weight, which is higher than what is regarded as a healthy weight based on his or her height, is overweight. How do you know if you are overweight or obese? It is the body mass index, which is based on your weight and height. According to US National Institute of Health, the range between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered to be a healthy weight. Any BMI calculation that is below 18.5 is underweight while a BMI above 24.9 is considered overweight. Obesity begins from a BMI of 30.0 and above with various classes.

Health implications of overweight and obesity

The fact that many health issues may arise from being overweight or obese is often overlooked these days. Overweight and obesity contribute mainly to the risk of having the following health issues according to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK, 2017):
  • ·         Heart diseases
    ·         Stroke
    ·         High blood pressure
    ·         Type 2 diabetes
    ·         Osteoarthritis
    ·         Fatty liver disease
    ·         Kidney disease
    ·         Sleep apnea
    ·         Some types of cancer

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How you know if you weigh too much is taking into account few pounds added to your weight as there may be an accumulation of few more once the added one is ignored. However, the most important thing is to check your BMI and a possible increase in your waist size. These are the two primary ways to check for overweight. According to health professionals, too much fat around your waist could pose a health problem.

Below are examples of Body Mass Index calculations.

Height
Weight
Body Mass Index
Consideration
5’4”
Less than 108lbs
Below 18.5
Underweight
108lbs – 145lbs
18.5 – 24.9
Normal weight
146lbs – 174
25.0 – 29.9
Overweight
175lbs and higher
30.0 and higher
Obese

In an explanation of the above table, it shows that when a person with a height of 5ft 4inch has a weight less than 108lbs (49kg), the BMI is less than 18.5, which considers it to be underweight. With the same height and weight between 108lbs (49kg) and 145lbs (66kg) fall between 18.5 and 24.9 BMI. This is considered to be normal. The same matching applies to those with overweight and obesity.

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Body Mass Index (BMI) based on height and weight


Weight
Height (feet, inches)
5’5”
5’7”
5’9”
6’1”
6’3”
6’5”
6’7”
130
21.6
20.4
19.2
17.2
16.2
15.4
14.6
140
23.3
21.9
20.7
18.5
17.5
16.6
15.8
150
25.0
23.5
22.2
19.8
18.7
17.8
16.9
160
26.6
25.1
23.6
21.1
20.0
19.0
18.0
170
28.3
26.6
25.1
22.4
21.2
20.2
19.2
180
30.0
28.2
26.6
23.7
22.5
21.3
20.3
190
31.6
29.8
28.1
25.1
23.7
22.5
21.4
200
33.3
31.3
29.5
26.4
25.0
23.7
22.5
210
34.9
32.9
31.0
27.7
26.2
24.9
23.7
220
36.6
34.5
32.5
29.0
27.5
26.1
24.8
230
38.8
36.0
34.0
30.3
28.7
27.3
25.9
240
39.9
37.6
35.4
31.7
30.0
28.5
27.0

Generated using BMI calculator

From the above BMI table, wherever your height and weight fall, that's your BMI. It will either be underweight, normal weight, overweight or obesity. 
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