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How Do I Know If I Have a Weight Problem?

How Do I Know If I Have a Weight Problem?

Your weight is a good indication of your health and overall well-being. If you are medically overweight or obese, research shows that you're at risk of developing a myriad of conditions, from cardiovascular problems to diabetes.

On the other hand, if you're underweight, you are at greater risk of developing conditions such as osteoporosis, malnutrition, or anemia. 

Managing a healthy weight is an excellent start to achieving a healthy lifestyle. However, determining what a healthy weight is can be confusing. 

At Optimum Endocrine Care in Calumet Heights, Chicago, and Munster, Indiana, Dr. Nidal Hasan provides guidance for anyone with weight concerns.

He can help you determine if you have a weight problem, and if you do, don’t stress. Dr. Hasan has a wealth of experience helping people who struggle to shed excess pounds lose weight holistically.

In this article, he helps you understand how to identify and manage weight management problems. 

Do I have a weight problem?

Body mass index (BMI) is a tool used by health care professionals across the globe to figure out what is and isn't a healthy weight. Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters.

Your BMI is typically considered healthy if it falls from 18.5-24.9. A reading under 18.5 suggests you're underweight, while a range of 25-29.9 indicates you’re overweight. 

If you have a BMI of 30 or more, you’re medically classified as obese. However, it's important to remember that BMI could be a better tool. It doesn't account for your muscle mass, bone density, overall body composition, and racial and sex disparities.

Physical signs

Another great indicator that you’re at an unhealthy weight is experiencing a significant decrease in energy levels. You might have a weight issue if you struggle to get through simple everyday tasks like getting dressed or going to work.

Excess weight or malnutrition can put an extra strain on your body, making it difficult for you to get enough energy. In addition, if you notice your clothes suddenly become ill-fitting, this can be a telltale sign you’ve developed weight issues. 

Listening to your body

If you have a weight problem, your body often finds ways to let you know. For instance, you may notice that you frequently run out of breath even when you're not exerting much energy. You may also experience joint pain or persistent discomfort.  

How diet and exercise can help you manage your weight

Maintaining a diet that includes all food groups in appropriate proportions is essential. Every meal should contain a mix of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals

Portion control is crucial. Overeating can cause you to become obese or overweight. On the other hand, underconsuming food can also lead to weight problems, causing you to become underweight.

Regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight. Living a sedentary life and not getting 

enough physical activity can lead to weight gain, while excessive exercise without proper nutrition can cause unhealthy weight loss.

If you’re unsure about your weight, we recommend you consult with our team. We specialize in supporting your weight management goals, providing personalized advice that considers your medical history, lifestyle, and personal needs.

Identifying and managing a weight problem can be challenging. However, it’s possible if you have the right information and professional support, and we’re here to help you achieve this. Book an appointment online today or call 219-732-2231.


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