A healthy body weight is good and impacts your overall health positively by lowering risks of contracting many diseases and other negative conditions.
Being overweight and obese poses higher risks and leaves you at the risk of contracting troublesome conditions like chronic heart diseases, breathing problems, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. This goes to show the importance of maintaining the ideal body weight.
For much more practical reasons however, consider this; it improves your overall self-esteem and makes you feel so much better about yourself.
Overweight is simply having body weight that is considered higher than that of a person your height. It’s the condition of having extra amounts of body fat and is normally measured by BMI, the Body Mass Index, a number calculated by your height and weight. Generally, the higher your BMI, the more body fat you have. NOTE: It’s recommended that your consult your health care provider from time to time to check on your BMI.
But all is not lost as there is always something you can do to turn the tide and retake control of your health. Start by identifying the factors that contribute to your weight gain. Genetics and family history have been known to contribute to your health, but the key causes are the ones you can change for the better. Adopting a healthier diet and observing a physically active lifestyle are the best ways to set your overall health on a course of recovery.