Obesity kills. Itâ€™s that simple. Obese people are 25%-50% more like likely to suffer from chronic disease. Obese people are 50% more likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation â€“ a heart condition that is a common cause of strokes. Obesity is also related to diabetes and sleep disorders.
How can you tell if youâ€™re obese?
The best way to tell if you are obese is to check your body mass index (BMI). BMI measures the ratio of your body fat compared to your height and weight. The result tells you if you are overweight, obese, underweight or normal.
If Your BMI Is
|less than 18.5||Underweight|
The Center for Disease control has a good BMI calculator here: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/calc-bmi.htm Take a moment now to check your BMI.
What happens if you are overweight or obese?
You have two choices; to lose significant weight or to gain significant weight. You wonâ€™t stay where you are. Gaining weight only increases your risk.
What should you do to lose weight?
An August 2005 study of the major commercial weight loss programs found that only one was even modestly effective helping people lose weight. The only truly effective way to lose weight is to change your behavior.
Thatâ€™s why we call our solution the Mediterranean Diet and life-style. The Mediterranean Diet allows you to lose weight while eating well. Mediterranean life-style includes making regular aerobic exercise part of your daily routine. The combination of the two provides the only diet & life-style that have proven effective over generations.
When should you start losing weight?
Right now. Donâ€™t wait. If you are overweight, obese or over 50 years old, see your doctor before starting any exercise program.