Chapter 3: Controlling Your Weight

January 2003
Mayo Clinic Family Health Book;2003, p37
This chapter focuses on weight control. It was learned that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. The first step in determining if your weight is healthy is to get your body mass index (BMI). BMI considers weight in relation to height. The further the BMI is above the healthy range, the higher the weight-related health risks. Personal medical history and family medical history provide additional information about risk of developing weight-related health problems. Obesity is a chronic disease that develops from the interaction between genes and the environment. Overeating and lack of physical activity are the main causes of being overweight. Dangers of being overweight include high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke, abnormal blood fats, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, cancer, gallstones, physical discomfort and social and emotional consequences.


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