Weight Related Risk Factors
BMI, Body Fat Percentage and Waist Circumference
After you have checked your Body
Mass Index, Body Fat Percentage
and Body Fat Distribution
or Waist-Hip Ratio, or by comparing your body weight with the Healthy
Weight Chart, you can quickly see if you are underweight, normal
weight, overweight or obese, and may decide to lose weight accordingly.
Weight Related Health Risk Factors
In order to gauge more fully the health
risks of your weight, then as well as monitoring your body mass index,
body fat and waist measurements, you might also consider the list of weight-related
health factors listed below. These weight-related risk factors are the
sort of things that health care professionals study when assessing an
individual's weight. The more of these risk factors you have, the more
you are likely to benefit from weight loss if you are overweight or obese.
List of Weight Related Risk Factors
The types of weight-related risk factors
that professionals look for, include:
- Age - Male older than 45 years; or a
- Evidence of high blood pressure
- Evidence of high LDL cholesterol, low
HDL cholesterol, or high triglycerides)
- Evidence of high blood sugar
- Evidence of Respiratory problems
- Evidence of Arthritis in Hips or knees
- Lifestyle risks, like: smoking, lack
of exercise, poor eating habits
- A personal or family history of heart
- A Family history of weight-related health
Weight Related Risk Factors - What to
- If you are normal weight without risk
factors, you're doing fine!
- If you are high-normal weight with some
of the above risk factors, consider losing 5-10 percent of your present
body weight to reduce these risk factors.
- If you are overweight (or obese) with
some of the above risk factors, take action now! See your doctor and
ask him to advise you about your weight loss options.