Too much body fat, especially if most of it is around the waist, increases the risk of developing heart disease and stroke. For adults, the body mass index (BMI) is a number that is used to define who is obese. The BMI is calculated using a person's weight and height. Higher BMI may indicate higher risk for obesity-related disease.
Too much body fat increases the risk of heart disease because it increases how hard the heart has to work and increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. A proper diet and an exercise program should be continued throughout an adult's life. Diet and exercise are key to weight loss.
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Main Goals for Weight Management
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Lifestyle Changes for Weight Management
The Center for Lifestyle Medicine can help you manage your weight; evaluate and manage your risk factors for major life-threatening chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke; and recommend ways to change your behavior that suits your needs and personality. The Center for Lifestyle Medicine team includes physicians, dietitians and a health psychologist. For an appointment, call 312-695-2300.