The basic difference between obesity and overweight is one of degree. Both apply to a condition of carrying more weight than is considered than is conducive to good health.
Both conditions result from an imbalance between the number of calories eaten and the number of calories used up by means of normal body functions, and physical exercise. When a balance between calories in and out is achieved body weight will be normal.
You must learn proper nutrition, and what makes a diet the "correct diet", to protect your health. The correct diet includes portion control, as well as avoidance of added sugar; (of course there are other factors too).
There are a variety of factors that influence how quickly our bodies naturally burn calories. Genetics (what we inherit from our ancestors), eating the wrong kinds of food (high fat), and the kind of work we do, all play a part in achieving "balance". In uncommon instances illness or disease may play a part. For example, some kinds of kidney and heart disease as well as thyroid disorders may be responsible for weight gain...either actual increase of tissue, or by retaining fluid. See your doctor for any of these illnesses.
But, even without a predisposition to any of these problems, being overweight or obese will contribute to the development of many disorders, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, abnormal sleep patterns, arthritis and other joint conditions, and some cancers. Recent studies have shown that losing only five to ten percent of body weight can contribute to overall health and lower risk of becoming sick.
Body mass index (BMI) is a one measurement used to calculate body weight. You can calculate your BM by the following three steps:
Multiply your weight in pounds by 703
Divide the answer by your height in inches
Divide that answer by your height in inches again.
(This formula will not only determine the condition of your body weight, it will also sharpen your brain. If your brain is already sharp enough, you can ask the doctor or nurse to calculate it for you or you can find a BMI calculator online).
If your BMI is calculated between 25 and 25.9, you are overweight; if it is between 30 and 39.9 you are obese; if it is over 40 you are considered to be morbidly obese. There are exceptions to these rules. For example, athletes may have a high BMI because muscle tissue weigh more than fat. Please note: this BMI calculation does not apply to children...consult your physician if you believe your child is overweight.
The reason most adults are overweight is because we are all eating more food than is required for the maintenance of body and health. The extra calories are stored as fat.
Your BMI result is not a foolproof way to determine your state of health. However, it is a highly accurate tool for determining whether your weight is an issue that needs to be corrected.
You now have your BMI number. Now start the correct diet!
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