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Do You Need To Lose Weight?

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Let’s follow these steps to find out if you need to lose weight.

  1. Learn if your weight is healthy.
    • Weigh yourself.
    • Use the BMI chart to find out whether your weight is in the healthy range for people your height.
      • Find your weight on the top of the chart and circle it.
      • Put your finger on the circled number, and lower your finger until you find the line that corresponds to your height.
      • The shade of your square will show if your weight level is healthy, overweight, or obese.
    • My weight is:
      • Healthy
      • Overweight
      • Obese
  2. Measure your waist.
    • Measure your waist by placing the measuring tape snugly around your waist. A high waist measure increases your risk for heart disease.
    • Write down your waist measure:
    • Your waist measure is high if:
      • Women–Your waist measure is greater than 35 inches (88 cm).
      • Men–Your waist measure is greater than 40 inches (102 cm.
    • My waist measure is:
      • Healthy
      • High
  3. Find out if you need to lose weight.
    Check off your weight level below to find out if you need to lose weight.
    • Healthy Weight – Good for you! Try not to gain any weight.
    • Overweight – It is important not to gain more weight. You need to lose weight if you are overweight and have two or more heart disease risk factors or have a high waist measurement. Ask your doctor or a registered dietitian for help.
    • Obese – You need to lose weight. Lose weight slowly – about 1 to 2 pounds a week. Ask your doctor or a registered dietitian for help.

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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.

Last Updated March 2012

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