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Aim for a Healthy Weight
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: it helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.
The Aim for a Healthy Weight website highlights for patients and providers the evidence-based information contained in the 1998 NHLBI Clinical Guidelines on Overweight and Obesity in Adults.
The guidelines and various products are available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-pro/guidelines/index.htm
The 1998 guidelines are currently being updated; see the clinical guidelines website for details (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-pro/guidelines/current/obesity-guidelines/index.htm).
Last Updated March 2011