Updated: Aug 20
Did you know that being overweight increases your odds of dying ( from any cause) by 10 percent, by 34 percent if obese and 98 percent if morbidly obese?
It also causes other chronic illnesses that can prevent you from enjoying a good quality of life( see below).
So what should be my ideal weight? Ideal body weight depends on height. The ratio we use to decide is called BMI or Body Mass Index.
Calculate your BMI here:
Underweight (less than 18.5 BMI), normal weight (18.5-25 BMI), overweight (25-30 BMI), obese (30-35 BMI) and morbidly obese (greater than 35 BMI).
Underweight people also have higher risk of death. Research shows it’s best to be in the middle. People with normal body mass index have best odds of survival and having a good quality of life.
The distribution of fat in your body is also important ( for example higher waist circumference may be a sign of poor health, please see my other blogs for more information).
What else can excessive body weight cause?
Type 2 diabetes
High blood cholesterol and high triglyceride levels in the blood
Diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart attacks and stroke
Breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea , asthma, and obesity hypoventilation syndrome
Chronic back pain
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease(NAFLD) which can lead to cirrhosis of liver( scarring and permanent liver damage).
Osteoarthritis- a major cause of knee replacement surgery in patients who are obese for a long time.
Urinary incontinence, the unintentional leakage of urine. Chronic obesity can weaken pelvic muscles, making it harder to maintain bladder control. While it can happen to both sexes, it usually affects women as they age.
Emotional health issues such as low self-esteem or depression. This may commonly occur in children.
Cancers of the food pipe, pancreas, colon, rectum, kidney, endometrium, ovaries, gallbladder, breast, or liver.
Inflammation is thought to play a role in the onset of certain obesity-related complications.
Generally when there is a problem there is also a solution. Read on to understand how you can successfully lose weight.