People with excess body fat (especially if it is carried around the waist) have a higher risk for health problems which can include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Their risk is higher, even if they don't have any other risk factors.

The “body mass index” is a common way to determine if one is overweight or obese. The BMI is a formula used to assess a person’s weight relative to their height. In most people it correlates highly with body fat. If your BMI is 18.5 or less, than you are considered underweight. Between 18.5 and 25 is a healthy range to be in. Being overweight is defined as a BMI from 25 to less than 30, while obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or greater. Extreme obesity is defined as a BMI of 40 or greater. If your BMI is 30 or greater, you are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. By clicking on this link you will find an easy table to use in calculating your Body Mass Index.

There are many different weight loss programs available in this country. Discuss options with your doctor, find the one that gets you results and stick with it!