Over-weight is a global problem today with US being seen to be leading in over-weight population to the point of being more familiar with specific measurements related to health like cholesterol levels and blood pressure readings. To be safe with matters relating to health and especially if the risk is weight related the following fundamentals are very important:
- The first is your actual weight in pounds
- The second is your Body Mass Index, or BMI
- The third is your waist measurement.
Your BMI is based on your height and weight which is the most weight measurement method preferred by many doctors than actual weight in pounds. It important to note that the medical terms for overweight and obesity are based on BMI values. For instance BMI between 25 and 30 is overweight and when it exceeds 30 then this is defined as obese. The individual’s risk of acquiring weight related illness like type 2 diabetes and heart complications is great with a high BMI value.
Body fat that gathers in the stomach area which are commonly referred to as abdominal obesity is more of a health risk than body fat that builds up in the buttocks and thigh areas and that is why your waistline make available very important information about your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Medical professionals consider a waist circumference to be too high when it is 40 inches or more in men and 35 inches or more in women. Therefore you will be lowering your risk of contracting these illnesses if you keep your waist circumference with the medically desired range.
It is important that you consult with your doctor periodically about your eating habits and physical activities since these are very essential in helping you lose weight, improve your fitness and decreases your chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, you should also ensure that you set realistic goals and you will be surprised how small changes can make a significant difference in your health.
Your doctor can offer practical suggestions that do not require a complete overhaul of your current way of life. In some cases, your physician may refer you to a nutrition specialist, such as a registered dietitian, for in-depth counseling about food choices. You may want to start the conversation by asking a few questions of your own. For example you may:
- Ask your doctor for any educational materials e.g. brochures on topics such as eating habits, counting calories or physical activity.
- Request to have your BMI measured and ask your doctor what it means with regard to your health status.
- Have your waist circumference measured and discuss the significance of the measurement with your doctor
- Be prepared to describe your current diet and activity level and what changes might promote better health
- Visualize and quantify how much change you’re willing to make before you visit your doctor
- Ask if specialists are available on your health plan and in your area, such as dietitians or physical trainers
A high waist circumference can be one sign of a condition called metabolic syndrome. Although most people have not heard of it, this is a common syndrome affecting about one out of every four adults in the United States. Metabolic syndrome often progresses to type 2 diabetes and treating the syndrome can help prevent this form of diabetes.
Engaging in regular physical activity has been shown to help prevent several health complications like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and other chronic conditions. Maintaining good health in all adults and children is very essential irrespective of whether your weight is a problem or not. Lifestyle changes do not have to be drastic to be effective. Simple measures applied every day can make a significant difference over time for instance you may consider the following:
- Increase whatever physical activity you are currently doing by adding 10 minutes a day, or increase the intensity from low to moderate. (See the box below for an idea of different activity intensity levels.)
- Limit time spent online, watching TV and playing video games to less than two hours total per day.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Park at the far end of the parking lot and walk to your destination, rather than parking as close as possible. You can also get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
- Do more household chores (such as dusting, vacuuming or weeding).
- Walk or run with the dog and/or the kids.
- Use an exercise machine (such as a treadmill or bike) while watching TV.
- Take “active” vacations go hiking or ride bicycles.
- Walk to do errands (such as to the grocery store or post office) instead of driving.
- Buy a pedometer, which measures how many steps you take each day. Gradually increase your daily number of steps.
- Don’t be embarrassed about exercising.
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