Weight Management Solutions In Philadelphia
Let’s Weigh In
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately one billion people are classified as overweight. An astonishing 300 million people are obese, with almost 200 million being Americans.
Nearly 2 out of 3 people in our country are overweight. The increase in diseases and health conditions, as well as the financial drain on our economy, are a growing epidemic directly related to dietary intake.
Am I Overweight?
Being overweight or obese doesn’t just mean that you are carrying extra pounds around. In fact, the WHO defines both overweight and obese in relation to health risks, as: “abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health.”
Both terms are explained as functions of your Body Mass Index, or BMI, which is the ratio of your height to your weight. In general, the higher your BMI, the more body fat you have. Here’s how to determine your BMI:
- Weigh yourself in pounds and measure your height in inches.
- Take your height (in inches) and square the number. For example, if you are 5′ 9,” then your height is 69 inches. 69 multiplied by itself equals 4,761.
- Divide your weight by the result of the last calculation. Let’s say that you weigh 138 pounds. 138 divided by 4,761 equals 0.0289855.
- Multiply that number by 703. 0.0289855 multiplied by 703 equals 20.3768.
- That’s your BMI.
So how do we interpret that result? Medical professionals have come to understand that certain BMI ranges can be correlated with health risks, while others cannot. Do you have a:
- BMI less than 18? You are underweight.
- BMI between 18.6 and 24.9? You’re at a healthy weight.
- BMI between 25 and 29.9? You are overweight for your height.
- BMI of 30 or more? You are considered obese.
The Health Risks Of Being Overweight Or Obese
Having an elevated BMI for your height can increase your risk of developing:
- Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular conditions. According to the WHO, “cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in 2012.”
- High blood pressure
- Breathing problems
Managing Your Weight: Healthy Approaches In Philadelphia
When it comes to healthy weight management, there is no such thing as a quick fix, no magic pill, no instant remedy, no fad diet. In fact, there is no such thing as a diet. But there is a way. It is proper nutrition and exercise.
The key to successful weight management is a commitment to making permanent changes in your food program, incorporating physical activity in your day and practicing healthy lifestyle habits.
Philadelphia’s Weight Management Specialists
At Rossi Wellness Center, we can show you different options to aid you in your journey. We offer customized nutrition plans, supplements, behavior and lifestyle modification programs as well as several different weight management medications.