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Learn About Overweight and Obesity


My Risk

If you are eating foods high in calories, sugar, and fat and not getting enough physical activity, you are at risk for becoming overweight or obese.

If you are overweight or obese, you may be at a higher risk for:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Some types of cancer
  • Depression
  • Discrimination in the job market or at school

Finding out your body mass index (BMI) is the best way to learn if you are overweight or obese. Enter your height and weight into this BMI calculator to find out your BMI number and what it means for you.

If you or a loved one is planning to lose weight, here are some questions to ask your doctor:

  • What is a healthy weight for me?
  • How does my weight affect my health?
  • Am I overweight because I have a medical problem?
  • What are healthy ways to lose weight and keep it off?

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