What is a Healthy Weight

What is a Healthy Weight

A healthy weight is really the weight at which a person feels well and experiences a healthy life. Many adverse health conditions occur as a result of even modest weight gain. Generally, a person’s weight is considered healthy when the Body Mass Index is between 18 and 25. Above a BMI of 25 is considered overweight, although many people still feel reasonably healthy at this weight. The body, however, develops silent risk factors such as elevated blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar with modest weight gain. Insulin resistance and an adverse series of conditions known as the “metabolic syndrome” begin to develop. So losing weight brings real health benefits and reduces risks of cardiovascular conditions and many other health problems. For someone who is starting out today as significantly overweight, losing even 5-10% of excess body weight usually brings marked improvements in physiological health.

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