What is a Healthy Weight?
You know a healthy weight is important to your overall health. Understanding exactly how your weight affects your health is the first step to achieving the weight that’s best for you.
But how much loss or gain is right for you? The Body Mass Index (BMI) calculates your gender, height, and current weight into a score that tells you if your weight is healthy for you.
What does your BMI score mean to you?
||A BMI score between 18.5 and 24.9 is normal. You’re eating the correct number of calories for your body and getting enough exercise.
A BMI score of 25 to 40 is overweight or obese. Losing weight dramatically reduces your risks for:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
A BMI above 40 is morbidly obese. You’re at risk for serious health problems like:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
A BMI below 18.5 is underweight. Your body isn’t receiving the calories and nutrients it needs. Risks include:
- Compromised immune system
- Weakened bones and organs
- Loss of muscle mass
- Low energy
Sometimes serious health concerns cause low weight like:
- Severe stress
- Overactive thyroid
- Eating disorders
If your BMI is low, talk to your doctor about possible medical conditions.
Get on your path to a healthy weight and a happy life.
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