Obesity: What it Means and How it Affects You (AHA)

The American Heart Association (AHA) defines obesity as having a BMI of 30 or greater, and it states that almost 70% of Americans are either obese or overweight. Although it is common to be above your ideal body weight, there are health implications that may put you at risk if you are part of that 70%.

Some Reasons to Lose a few Pounds

  • In a healthy weight-range, your body can more effectively circulate blood, manage fluid levels, and you are less likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, and sleep apnea.
  • Obesity can raise blood cholesterol which raises the risk of heart disease and strokes.
  • Increased danger of heart attack arises from induced diabetes.

Recommended Treatment

It is recommended by the AHA that obese people seek treatment from a medically supervised weight loss program with continuous interaction with a medical professional over a period of 6 months. This program should consist of diet, exercise, and learning to skills to create new healthy behaviors.

Information for this page and more can be found at the AHA page on healthy living