Why Your Weight Matters

I am not writing this blog to insult or embarrass anyone. What I hope to achieve is awareness that if you’re overweight or obese, you need to fight for your life! When I ask a person to step on the scales it is purely for informational purposes. When I look at a number on the scale, I see a standard of measurement. Using weight and height, a person’s BMI (Body Mass Index) – another type of standard – can be mathematically calculated. Knowing a person’s BMI in no way defines their actual health or the amount of fat in their body. It simply gives useful information. According to the CDC.gov the BMI does moderately correlate to direct measurements of body fat. So again, it can give useful information.

How is this information used? Using the scale below and knowing which category a person is in can help us to understand if they are at risk for a serious disease or health condition.

  • BMI of less than 18.5 is considered underweight.
  • BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy weight.
  • BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
  • BMI over 30 is considered obese. There are 3 classes of obesity: class 1 (30-34.9), class 2 (35-39.9), class 3 (greater than 40.)

The following information was taken from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes:

Obesity is a serious concern because it is associated with poorer mental health outcomes, reduced quality of life, and the leading causes of death in the U.S. and worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.

People who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following:

  • All-causes of death (mortality)
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

This is scary stuff folks!! The good news is, though, an overweight or obese individual can actually reduce their risks for the above diseases and health conditions by losing weight and changing their lifestyle.

Sounds simple, right? Trust me, I understand that it’s not as simple as it sounds. Losing weight is hard and takes a lot of effort. It takes change and learning how to make different choices, which is why the tag line for my blog site is “Changing your life one choice at a time.” I can’t encourage you enough to seek help when you need help! Losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle could truly mean the difference of life and death for some people. I’ve had people say to me, “We’re all going to die, aren’t we?” Well yes, we all have the same fate awaiting us, but does that mean we have to help death come sooner? There are a lot of things in our lives that are completely out of our control, however, you should have some control over what you consume. If you feel like you don’t, then maybe it’s time to take back control from whoever or whatever (excuses, skewed beliefs, et cetera) you’ve given the control of your health too.

Again, this post is meant to be informative about the risk factors of obesity. The number on the scale is informational (not intended to shame you, define you, or embarrass you), but that number does matter when it comes to calculating your BMI and understanding the diseases and health conditions you could be at risk for developing over time. Each and every one of us must be intentional about our health and fitness journey. Happy Intentional Living – Jennifer

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