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GENERAL FITNESS: WEIGHT, BODY FAT

How do I know if I’m overweight?

Find out your body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. People with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight. People with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese.

Body Mass Index
You can find out your BMI by using the calculator at:
www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bmicalc.htm
or the chart at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi_tbl.htm

What causes someone to become overweight?


You can become overweight or obese when you eat more calories than you use. A calorie is a unit of energy in the food you eat. Your body needs this energy to function and to be active. But if you take in more energy than your body uses, you will gain weight.
Many factors can play a role in becoming overweight or obese. These factors include:
  • Behaviors, such as eating too many calories or not getting enough physical activity
  • Environment & culture
  • Genes
Overweight and obesity problems keep getting worse.
Some cultural reasons for this include:
  • bigger portion sizes
  • little time to exercise or cook healthy meals
  • using cars to get places instead of walking

Note: The information in these FAQs has been compiled from reputable sources, which we have cited for each question. Sanita sal does not hold responsibility for the accuracy of the content, nor any behaviors taken with regard to the FAQs.
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