Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual for the Filipino Community
Session 6 Handout Do You Need To Lose Weight?
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Let’s follow these steps to find out if you need to lose weight.
- 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:
- 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:
- 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