I know how much I weigh, but I am not sure if my weight is healthy for
me. How can I tell?
on a scale is the first part of determining your weight; however, people
often do not know what to do next. The easiest thing to do with your weight
is to calculate your body mass index (BMI). BMI is simply a weight
measurement tool. Calculating your BMI will help you determine which weight
category you fit into best.
I am afraid to talk to my doctor about my weight because they are overweight
themselves. What should I do?
a very common issue. The easiest thing to do is to keep the topic on
yourself. Don’t say, “I know you know how I feel because you’re overweight
too.” Simply stick to yourself and share thoughts and ask questions that you
know impact your health.
I calculated my BMI and it says I am overweight, almost obese, but I don’t
have any health conditions. Does this mean I am healthy?
question. There are a lot of people in your situation. Technically, right
now you’re only affected by excess weight, but research suggests that later
on in life your weight may impact your health by causing such issues as
diabetes, hypertension, etc. The best thing to do is to talk to a healthcare
professional about your weight.
I feel like I can only lose a small amount of weight. Is there really a
benefit to even losing a little weight?
absolutely, weight-loss of even 5 percent has been shown to improve health
and reduce the risk of complications from type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
My spouse’s weight is starting to concern me. How do I talk to them about
can be a sensitive topic for almost anyone. Talking to a loved-one about it
can be even more difficult.
I know my weight and according to the BMI scale, I am considered normal.
Does that mean I am healthy?
excellent you are considered normal weight. To best gauge your overall
health in relation to weight, you should speak with a healthcare
professional. Even though your weight may be okay now, it is important to
continually monitor your weight.
I eat pretty much anything I want and don’t seem to gain weight. Why?
generally speaking, you may have a metabolism that allows you to eat more
and not necessarily gain excess weight. It is important, though, that you
eat healthy foods that provide adequate vitamins and nutrients. It’s best to
stick with your daily recommendations for your overall health. The most
important thing to remember is that you must keep an eye on your weight
long-term and always monitor your weight status. This is the key to
preventing health complications due to weight later in life.
Do I need a blood test to help determine the implications of my weight?
Excellent question. A blood test is a great tool for you and a
healthcare professional to determine many health implications because of
your excess weight. Blood tests can help determine your thyroid levels,
cholesterol levels and much more. It is important that you get routine
physicals, as this is a great time to get blood work drawn and talk to a
healthcare professional about your weight.
I know my weight and want to start doing something to lose weight. What
can I do?
Starting any weight-loss program can be intimidating. The best thing you
can do is go to a healthcare professional and talk with them about your
weight and determine what weight-loss option is best for you.
I’ve been overweight all my life and it really depresses me. I feel like
there’s no hope for me. Can you help?
Excess weight can be a difficult thing to deal with. The first thing you
want to do is to begin assessing your weight. Once you have determined
your weight status, you can then begin to combat your weight issues and
depression issues. The emotional side effects of weight often lead
people to depression. Talk to a healthcare professional about your
depression. You may also want to find a release of some sort to help
you cope, such as a hobby or exercise. Exercise has been proven to
increase endorphin levels, which help you feel better.
I know I need to do something about my weight, but I don’t have
insurance and cannot afford going to a healthcare professional. Any
Absolutely! Addressing your weight doesn’t always mean high costs. We
must say though that we do encourage you to speak with a healthcare
professional to at least develop an initial weight-loss plan. There are
many great resources out there to help you with weight-loss.
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