Your health and your weight are connected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if your body mass index falls into the range of overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk for the following diseases and conditions:

-Coronary heart disease
-Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes for women during pregnancy
-Cancers (endometrial, breast, gallbladder, kidney, liver, and colon)
-Hypertension or high blood pressure
-Dyslipidemia (high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high blood triglycerides)
-Sleep apnea and respiratory problems

What Does “At Risk” Mean?
Being “at risk” means you are more likely to have a specific disease or condition than someone who has a BMI in the normal weight range. It does not mean you will get the disease.

BMI is one screening tool — it’s a measure of body weight in relation to height.
You may be told to lose weight, adopt a healthier eating style and get more physical activity.

Here’s some really good news: Those lifestyle changes – eating smarter and moving more – may reduce your risk and help you feel better, too.

?Janene Sacks, Registered Dietician
Wanderers Wellness Centre