Risk of heart disease
Research shows that reaching and keeping to a healthy weight cuts your risk of heart disease because it helps prevent and manage conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes that put you at greater risk of coronary heart disease.
Even if you don’t have any of these conditions, it’s important to keep to a healthy weight so you don’t develop them in future.
Do I need to lose weight?
There are two main ways to tell whether you need to lose weight: your Body Mass Index (BMI), and your waist measurement.
To work out your BMI you will need to know your height and weight. To work out your waist measurement you will need a tape measure.
Calculate your BMI with our BMI calculator
Your waist measurement
Your shape, as much as your weight, can affect your health risk. Fat around your middle can increase your risk of getting heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. That’s because these fat cells produce toxic substances that cause damage to your body.
You can work out if you’re at increased risk by simply measuring your waist. Find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips, and measure around your middle at a point mid-way between these. For many people this will be at the level of the tummy button. Remember not to breathe in!
What can I do to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight?
Eating well and being physically active can help you manage your weight and keep your heart healthy.
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