Obesity and weight issues

Management of obesity, overweight and underweight

Obesity occurs over time when you eat more calories than you use. The balance between calories-in and calories-out differs for each person. Factors that might affect your weight include your genetic makeup, overeating, eating high-fat foods, and not being physically active.

Being obese increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and some cancers. If you are obese, losing even 5 to 10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some of these diseases. For example, that means losing 10 to 20 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds.

If your BMI is below the healthy range, this suggests that your weight may be too low.

Dangers of being underweight include:

Being prone to infection

Having a comprised immune system

Low muscle mass

Hair loss

Irregular hormone regulation



Pregnancy complications (or inability to get pregnant)

Menstrual irregularities


Talk to us about your weight.

There may be emotional issues that are stopping you from eating a healthy diet.

If you feel anxious or worried when you think about food, or feel you may be using control over food to help you cope with stress or low self-esteem, you may have an eating disorder.

If you think you may have an eating disorder, you should tell your doctor because help is available.

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