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Healthy Weight

The Department of Health website recently featured a poll asking respondents if they were a healthy weight. Out of 896 responses, 32.8 percent said they were a healthy weight, 58.9 percent said they were overweight, 2 percent said they were underweight and 6.3 percent said they did not know.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, 38.3 percent of Anne Arundel County residents 18 years of age and older were overweight in 2010, and 29.6 percent were obese. This compares to 35.1 percent overweight and 27.2 percent obese in 2006.

Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age. The first step is to determine whether or not your current weight is healthy. Speak with your health care provider for advice. BMI — Body Mass Index is one way to measure your weight.

To stay at a healthy weight, it’s worth doing a little planning now. If you are overweight
but aren’t ready to lose weight, preventing further weight gain is a worthy goal. See
Prevent Weight Gain (CDC).

Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health
conditions, including hypertension; dyslipidemia (for example, high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides); Type 2 diabetes; coronary heart disease; stroke; gallbladder disease; osteoarthritis; sleep apnea and respiratory problems; and some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon).

Use the MyPlate SuperTracker to create a personalized nutrition and activity plan to help achieve your weight goals. Visit the Learn To Live Recipes Archive for healthy and delicious meal ideas.  Also, see these resources for Obesity Prevention.