Being underweight may weaken your immune system and put you at risk of osteoporosis. Ask your doctor what you can do to achieve a healthier weight or to address unexpected weight loss. For better health:
Congratulations! Your healthy weight is well worth the effort. It reduces your risk of serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. To maintain a healthy weight:
You're on the right track! Being at a healthy weight reduces your risk of serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
However, your waist size suggests that you have excessive abdominal fat, which puts you at greater risk of developing obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to lower your risk.
In the meantime, follow these steps to prevent weight gain:
Consider the benefits of a healthy weight — a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, increased energy and improved self-esteem, for example. Then talk to your doctor about the best weight-loss approach for you. To start:
Your weight and waist size are putting you at very high risk of developing obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. Losing weight can not only reduce your risk of these serious health conditions, it can also boost your energy level and improve your self-esteem.
Even modest, sustained weight loss of 3 to 5 percent of total weight produces meaningful health benefits, and greater weight loss produces greater benefits. Talk to your doctor about the best weight-loss approach for you.
* Disease risk for type 2 diabetes,
hypertension, and CVD.
+ Increased waist circumference also can be a marker for increased risk, even in persons of normal weight.
Carrying excess body fat around your middle is more of a health risk than if weight is on your hips and thighs. Waist circumference is a better estimate of visceral fat, the dangerous internal fat that coats the organs. It is therefore a more accurate predictor of cardiovascular risk, type 2 diabetes in women and metabolic syndrome.