Overweight and obesity may increase the risk of many health problems, including diabetes , heart disease, and certain cancers. If you are pregnant, excess weight may lead to short- and long-term health problems for you and your child. This fact sheet tells you more about the links between excess weight and many health conditions. It also explains how reaching and maintaining a normal weight may help you and your loved ones stay healthier as you grow older. Gaining a few pounds during the year may not seem like a big deal.
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Please refresh the page and retry. In the UK, a score of A team at the University of Iowa examined data from nearly , postmenopausal women who were followed for up to 20 years. They found that those with a BMI reading of less than 25 but a waist circumference of 35 inches or greater were at a 31 per cent higher risk of dying during the study period than women of a normal weigh and a waist of less than 35 inches. P revious studies have shown that excessive visceral fat is associated with insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, dyslipidemia, and inflammation, which are risk factors for CVD and several types of cancer, including breast cancer and colon cancer.
The idea that someone can be "fat and fit" — that is, overweight but still healthy — has been around for some time. But don't be fooled. Most research has shown a consistent association between weight gain and health problems. For example, a study published online March 16, , by the European Heart Journal looked at almost , people without heart disease who were classified as either normal weight, overweight, or obese based on their body mass index BMI. BMI gauges people's body status using their height and weight.
Carrying extra body fat, especially around the middle, may be linked to brain shrinkage, according to a study published in the Jan. For the study, researchers determined obesity by measuring body mass index BMI and waist-to-hip ratio in study participants and found those with higher ratios of both measures had the lowest brain volume. BMI is a weight-to-height ratio. It is determined by dividing a person's weight by the square of their height. People with a BMI above