Health Risks of Being Overweight

Health Risks of Being Overweight


IF ONE OF YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS DOESN’T INCLUDE WEIGHT LOSS – MAYBE IT SHOULD. A FREMONT HEALTH DOCTOR SAYS NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF NEBRASKANS ARE EITHER OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE – AND IT’S TAKING A TOLL ON OUR HEALTH. SERESE COLE TELL US HOW – AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT IN THIS MONTH’S HEALTH CHECK. WHEN JO GIDDENS WANTS A SNACK THESE DAYS — SHE CHOOSES A HEALTHY ONE. IT’S A JOURNEY SHE BEGAN NEARLY THREE YEARS AGO AFTER A ROUTINE HEALTH SCREENING- REVEALED SOME ALARMING RESULTS. JO GIDDENS, “I WEIGHED IN AT THE MOST WEIGHT I EVER HAD WEIGHED IN MY LIFE.” HER CHOLESTEROL, BLOOD PRESSURE AND BLOOD SUGAR WERE ALSO UP – WAY UP -AND SHE JUST DIDN’T FEEL GOOD. “KIND OF PANICKED A LITTLE BIT” DR. ANDERSON SAYS THE BEST WAY TO DETERMINE IF YOUR WEIGHT IS A HEALTH RISK IS TO KNOW THREE WORDS: BODY MASS INDEX… OR PANICKED A LITTLE BIT” DR. ANDERSON SAYS THE BEST WAY TO DETERMINE IF TO KNOW THREE WORDS: BODY MASS INDEX… OR B-M-. SO WHERE DO WE FIND THAT INFORMATION? EASY! WE HAVE A LINK ON WOWT DOT COM TO THIS WEBSITE FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. YOUR B-M-I IS BASED ON YOUR HEIGHT AND WEIGHT. IN HIS EXAMPLE, WE’LL USE PRESIDENT OBAMA SINCE HIS INFORMATION IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. HE IS 6-FEET 1- INCH TALL… AND WEIGHS 180 POUNDS. HIS B-M-I IS 23 POINT 7… WHICH IS GOOD. ANY NUMBER ABOVE -25- MEANS YOU ARE OVERWEIGHT — 30 OR HIGHER SIGNALS

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