Are You Living at a Healthy Weight?
Staying within a healthy weight range for your height is one way to reduce your risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes. Individuals who maintain a healthy weight are also more likely to have ideal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. If you’re concerned about your weight, you can talk to a doctor at your local hospital. One way your doctor can assess your weight is with your body mass index (BMI). Your BMI is calculated based on your weight and height. A BMI below 18.5 means that you’re underweight, and a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 means you’re in the normal range. A higher BMI than this indicates that you’re overweight or obese.
However, it’s important to realize that your BMI does not take into account your body composition. You may also wish to talk to a doctor at your local hospital about your body fat percentage and other ways of measuring your overall health. If your physician does advise you to lose weight, try making small changes gradually to increase the chances that you’ll find long-term success.
Thousand Oaks residents who are obese and have difficulty with weight loss may wish to explore the options available at the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. You can call our community hospital at (805) 497-2727 to speak with a registered nurse.