Weight-Related Health Risk Factors
Being overweight (BMI > 25) is not good for long term health. Being obese (BMI > 30) and carrying significant excess body fat is worse. But excess weight and excess body fat are only part of any weight/health risk assessment. Other weight-related risk factors include the following:
Additional Weight-Related Risk Factors
- Your fat distribution. Abdominal fat is a more serious health risk.
- Your family history of heart disease.
- Your family history of weight-related health problems.
- Your age. Male older than 45 years; or a postmenopausal female.
- Your blood pressure.
- Your level of blood fats (high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides).
- Your blood sugar levels.
- Your breathing.
- Signs of arthritis in Hips or knees.
- Whether you smoke.
- Whether you take sufficient exercise.
- Your general eating habits.
All these weight-related risk factors will form part of any weight/health assesment.
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NOTE: For an explanation of how surplus calories – from dietary fat, protein or carbohydrate – are stored as body fat, please see: Body Fat/Adipose Tissue – Why We Gain Fat
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