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Balanced Weight Management

Balanced Weight Management

Body weight doesn't tell much about health and fitness status. A crucial part of determining how much one should weigh has to do with what makes up that weight - a healthy ratio of muscle, bone, and fat.

Weight management means keeping your body weight at a healthy level. Obesity is a term used to describe body weight that is greater than what is considered healthy. Underweight is a term used to describe body weight that is lower than a healthy weight.

Causes - Obesity

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Genetic factors
  • Weight cycling, caused by many attempts to lose weight by crash dieting
  • Eating disorders/ Unhealthy eating
  • Stress

Causes - Underweight

  • Malnutrition
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Tuberculosis
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Excessive exercising

Risk factors associated with Obesity

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
  • Certain cancers (colon, prostate, breast)
  • Osteoarthritis

Risk factors associated with Underweight

  • Anemia and nutrient deficiencies
  • Bone loss resulting in osteoporosis
  • Heart irregularities and blood vessel diseases
  • Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation in women)
  • Increased vulnerability to infection and disease

Did you know?

Globally, there are more than 300 million obese individuals

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