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Understanding Your Risk

Being overweight or obese is not about vanity—it’s about your health. It means you’re at an increased risk for developing many health problems and diseases, such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and many more, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This section provides information on obesity-related health problems and diseases, in addition to other knowledgeable websites. While informative, it is not intended to take place of a conversation with your doctor.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a term used to describe a person who has too much body fat, based on their height. Overweight can mean you have too much body fat and/or other factors, such as higher bone and muscle density.

The most commonly used measure of overweight and obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI), which estimates body fat based on a person’s height and weight. It is important to know your BMI because it is an indicator of health risk. The higher your BMI and the more body fat you have means you are at higher risk developing the following health problems:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Blocked arteries
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers

There are many factors that determine your BMI, weight and body fat. This includes genetics and family history, environmental factors (such as where you live and work) and lifestyle behaviors. While factors like family history cannot be changed, there are many simple ways to begin to change your eating and physical activity behaviors to reduce your risk for health problems and disease.

Resources For Reducing Your Risk

To learn more about overweight and obesity, health risks, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and prevention, we suggest you talk with your doctor.

If you’ve completed the 360° Gut Check and are ready to make a change, this website is the perfect place to start. The Healthy Living section is full of small steps that can get you started on the right path. To find out even more detailed information about obesity, health risks, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and prevention, a chat with your doctor is the best next step.

From there, you may be ready for a more comprehensive weight loss, healthy eating or physical activity plan, so check out one of these resources to learn more and get inspired.

America On the Move

This evidence-based nonprofit believes that making small changes each day, such as adding 2,000 extra steps to your routine and eating 100 fewer calories, can help stop weight gain and provide positive health effects. With their tools, you can begin your journey to healthier eating, being more active and/or weight gain prevention or weight loss.

WebMD Food and Fitness Planner

Enter your basic vital stats — sex, height, weight and birthdate — to create a free customized health plan with recommended daily calorie intake and fitness goals. Find your ideal healthy weight range and BMI, and tools like a meal tracking journal, custom workout plans and progress reports designed to help you reach that healthy weight. You can create a personal plan and select how much weight you want to lose each week, set your goal weight and determine whether you’d like to trim calories by mostly eating less, mostly exercising more or a mix of both.

Dr. Oz Personal Health Plan

Create a Dr. Oz account to get a health plan tailored to your personal circumstances and goals. Respond to a series of questions about your health, eating and exercise habits, and set specific health goals. Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, you’ll receive a step-by-step program with a Daily Checklist, a feature to help you keep track of your tasks and stay on target.

RealAge Complete Health Plan

Answer a series of questions about your overall physical health, mental health, diet and fitness habits in the comprehensive RealAge test, which takes about 20 minutes to complete. The test provides you with a comparison between your “RealAge” and actual calendar age based on this snapshot of your overall health, and generates a detailed personalized plan to help you eat healthier, sleep better, look younger and live longer. RealAge also offers customized step-by-step exercise and eating plans for those who want to “Lose a Few” or “Lose a Lot,” as well as a virtual weight loss simulator using your own uploaded photo.

Weigh and Win

This Colorado-based program helps people achieve and maintain a healthy weight through daily emails or text messages, a weekly journal, 24/7 health guide and access to personal trainers. Participants track their progress through a photographed weigh-in at special kiosks located throughout the community. You can earn monetary rewards when you meet your weight loss goals and you’re eligible to receive prizes from local retail partners just for participating in the program.

For more comprehensive information on obesity-related health conditions and diseases visit your doctor, WebMD or the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.