The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Weight

The importance of maintaining a fairly stable body weight range is often underestimated in terms of long-term health benefits. Lets clarify the reason why.

Everyone has an ideal weight range for his or her body. The BMI (body mass index) is generally a good way to get an idea of what that ideal range should be. Of course, there will individual variations, but it’s a good target.

The reasoning behind the BMI cutoffs for overweight and obese are important to understand: at these BMI levels, people are at an increased risk for developing heart disease, stroke and cancers. Excess body fat can lead to insulin resistance and ultimately increased glucose levels or diabetes, which on its own also increases risks for heart disease and cancers. Google a BMI calculator and aim to stay in a good weight range (a BMI at or under 25); this is the best place to start.

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dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is Chief Resident of Adult Outpatient Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center-University of Massachusetts Medical School. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health with healthy living. Dr. Kamal has a special interest in outpatient adult psychiatry.