Many people are a few pounds overweight or would like to slim down. While this is not an ideal situation, it is not considered dangerous.
The problems begin when a person becomes excessively obese or overweight. Everything from sleep patterns and disposition, to breathing and energy levels, can be negatively affected. Even more severe health crisis can develop such as heart disease, diabetes and joint ailments.
The medical issues associated with excess weight are not limited to adults, according to an article on KidsHealth.org. In fact, more young people are considered overweight than ever before, thus creating an obesity epidemic.
Some potential medical problems include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea, fatty liver, gallstones, depression and diabetes. If children remain overweight going into their adult years, the problems are likely to get even worse.
To determine if you or your child is overweight, it is important to calculate one’s body mass index or BMI. This is the method used in the health care industry to gauge whether or not a person is at a healthy weight, underweight or overweight. For adults, the BMI is reached by diving a person’s weight in pounds by their height in inches. Then, that total is dived again by the height in inches. Finally, multiple that sum by 703. A healthy BMI for adults is between 18.5 and 24.9. Teens and children will need to go by the BMI growth chart, which dictates that anyone above the 85th percentile is overweight.