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Weight Screening

Weight Screening

When is watching your weight necessary?

According to the CDC, more than 68 percent of U.S. adults older than 20 are either overweight or obese. Extra weight is a concern because it may cause new health issues or worsen already existing health problems. To help you determine if your weight is within a normal range, you can use this BMI calculator.

Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important if you have or have had any of the following conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer of the uterus, gallbladder, kidney, stomach, breast, or colon
  • High total cholesterol level

If your weight is not in the healthy range for your height and build, the best way to lose weight is to set a reasonable goal and lose it slowly and gradually. Develop a healthy pattern of eating and exercising that you can follow for the rest of your life.

Understanding Your BMI

Body mass index (BMI) is a ratio of your height to your weight. Knowing your BMI is a way of finding whether you are at a healthy weight. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk for weight-related health problems.

  • BMI below 18.5: Underweight
  • BMI 18.5 to 24.9: Healthy weight
  • BMI 25 to 29.9: Overweight
  • BMI 30 and over: Obese


A Guide to Managing Your Weight

Nutrition Basics

Do you eat for good nutrition? It means more than simply eating an apple a day. Think in terms of your food choices throughout the day, from breakfast to bedtime. All foods, including your favorites, can fit into a healthy eating plan.

Take a Dietary Guidelines Quiz.


Your Everday Guide to Good Nutrition