Benefits of Avoiding Overweight and Obesity


Losing a modest amount of weight can lower your risk for several diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Rodgers explains.

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Believe it or not, about 7 in 10 people in America are either overweight or obese. And that means many of us may be at increased risk for serious health problems.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

One way to know if you are overweight or obese is knowing your body mass index. A BMI of 25 is considered overweight, and 30 or above is considered obese. If you are within these categories, you may be at increased risk for diseases and conditions such as:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease and strokes
  • and certain types of cancer

The good news is, losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight may lower your risk for several diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

For a free online BMI calculator, as well as weight management tips, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Rodgers with the NIH.

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