Healthy Tips and Resources
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Your weight is a result of many factors. These factors include your environment, genetics, metabolism, lifestyle choices and more. While factors like family history cannot be changed, there are many simple ways to bring healthy choices to life in order to reduce your risk for health problems and disease.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute defines the terms “overweight” and “obesity” as a person’s overall body weight and whether it’s too high. Overweight is having extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat, and/or water. Obesity is having a high amount of extra body fat. Being overweight or obese puts you at an increased risk for developing many health problems and diseases, such as coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and many more. In addition to physical health, obesity has a significant impact on social and emotional health as overweight children are also more likely to become overweight or obese as adults.
Whether you’re currently overweight or at risk of becoming obese, you can take steps to prevent unhealthy weight gain and related health problems. Not surprisingly, the steps to prevent weight gain are the same as the steps to lose weight: daily exercise, a healthy diet, and a long-term commitment to watch what you eat and drink.
The USDA offers an online tool called SuperTracker that can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. This tool can be used to find out how much to eat; track foods, physical activities, and weight; and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling.