Sunday, August 18, 2013
What are the benefits of losing weight?
..If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can reduce your risk of some potentially serious health problems.
According to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), most people who need to lose weight can get health benefits from losing even a small amount – about 5% – of their weight.
Health problems linked to being overweight
If you’re overweight or obese, you have a higher risk of:
•high blood pressure
•type 2 diabetes
•some types of cancer
How do I know if I need to lose weight?
You can find out if you’re overweight by calculating your body mass index (BMI). This shows whether you’re a healthy weight for your height.
The size of your waist is also important. If it’s too large, your risk of health problems is higher. See Why is my waist size important?
How can I lose weight safely?
The best way to lose weight is to make small, realistic changes to your diet and the amount of physical activity you do.
Get tips on how to start losing weight.
The amount of physical activity you should do depends on your age. For example, adults aged 19–64 years old should do 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity.
(This article is found under what are the benefits of losing weight NHS Choices)