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Why should I know my healthy weight?

With the U.S. obesity rate still climbing and the prevalence of added sugars in processed foods raising alarm bells, knowing your healthy weight has become as important as knowing other risk factors, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar readings.

Many studies have shown that being obese or overweight increases the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems. Losing weight and keeping it off can help reduce risk factors and keep heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other diseases at bay.

Individuals who have excessive abdominal fat should consult with their doctor to develop a plan for losing weight. Overall, “underweight,” “normal,” “overweight” and “obese” are the labels used according to ranges of weight. But they are just labels. These categories help identify body types, but they’re just a starting point for treating weight-related health conditions. Regular exercise and proper nutrition can help fight heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic conditions as we get older.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.