August 17, 2013
This chart shows ranges for the body mass index. (YMCA)
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Health & Fitness column
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 develping serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and certain cancers. In addition, extra body weight can add extra pressure on your joints causing extra pain for those who suffer with arthritis. Often times, you can reduce pain significantly by losing weight. This 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.