Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight

Eating too many unhealthy foods and not exercising regularly can lead to obesity. Our bodies are made with many components such as water, muscle, and fat. In men, obesity is defined as fat making up more than 25% of total body weight. A woman is considered obese when more than 32% of her total body weight is made up of fat.  

Your ideal body weight can be determined by calculating your body mass index, or your BMI. Calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 indicates a healthy weight.  

For more information about calculating BMI, click here

Too much body fat can increase your cancer risk. Overweight or obese women who have gone through menopause have a greater risk of developing breast cancer than women of a healthy weight. Colorectal cancer is also more common in people who are overweight or obese than among people with a healthy weight. Scientific evidence shows that the link between colorectal cancer and being overweight is stronger in men than in women.  

For general guidelines and tips on weight management, click here

Talk to your health care provider about creating a diet and exercise plan that will help you safely achieve your weight goals.  

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