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Weight Management

 

Maintain your Weight, Maintain your Health

Weight management is an important part of your health and self-care! By staying at a healthy weight, you will be less likely to develop medical problems that can affect your entire body. Weight loss seems easy: burn more calories than you eat. Simple enough, right? But as anyone who has tried to lose or maintain their weight can tell you, it's harder than you might think.

FACT: More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.*
 

How can being overweight affect my health? 

An unhealthy weight puts your overall health at risk. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of:

  • High blood pressure 
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Heart disease 
  • Cancer

On the other side, eating too few calories and losing weight too quickly can also be dangerous. Weight loss plans that work for some people may not be effective for others. And some people have underlying health problems that contribute to their weight problem. That’s why your doctor should supervise your weight loss! 

What factors can cause me to be overweight?

Most often what we eat and how active we are affect how often our body uses calories or if we are storing additional weight. Other factors include:

  • Family and friends eating and lifestyle habits
  • Busy schedules 
  • Packaged foods, drive-thru establishments, and dining out
  • Lack of physical activity

 Finding treatment and support for your health can seem overwhelming, but 211 can help! Search the Healthy Living community resources guide and community calendar to find support near you.