Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

There are things all of us can do to tip the scales toward a more healthy and fit life. Learning healthy habits when you're young can make it easier to eat right and be active when you're older.

First, you should understand what it means to be at a healthy weight.

Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different than being overweight. This means weighing too much. Weight comes from muscle, fat, bone and fluid.

Body Mass Index (BMI) helps determine overall health and fitness. It is a measurement based on height and weight. It indicates body fatness and shows weight levels that lead to health problems.
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Because BMI uses a person's weight which includes muscle and fat, some people may have a higher BMI but not have much body fat. Trained athletes may have higher BMI because of muscle development. Measuring fat in the waist area can also help predict obesity related diseases.

Eating too much or not being physically active can make you overweight or obese. A weight control plan your doctor might suggest would include:

  • Choosing low fat, low calorie foods
  • Eating smaller portions
  • Drinking water instead of sugary drinks
  • Being physically active

Losing just 5 to 10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some weight related health problems. Fad diets usually don't work in the long run. A sensible eating and physical activity plan is best. Talk to your doctor. He or she can tell you what a healthy weight is for you, and help you develop a plan to maintain that healthy weight.

Want more information about eating healthy, physical activity and your weight? Visit these websites:

Also visit Health Programs for more information on our CareSmart® Program for Obesity Condition Management.