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The Savvy Patient - Package Deal: As Weight Goes Down, So Do Related Health Risks


In this week’s installment of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Savvy Patient” column, Scripps Health provides insight on the effects healthy weight has on overall wellness.

Excess weight increases health risks and strains the whole body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, joints and muscles. A reliable guideline to determine if a person is overweight is calculating their Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI between 18 and 24 is considered healthy. BMI above 25 is considered overweight, and above 30 is obese.

Losing weight reduces health risks. Successful, long-term weight loss is going to occur by reducing calories either through diet, exercise, or both.

To read the full article: Package deal: As weight goes down, so do related health risks

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