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How to know when your Weight is a Problem

The number of dangerously obese individuals in the Western world has been increasing over the past few years and you can find yourself wondering how they let themselves get into such a state. There has to be a point when you realise you need to do something about your weight, or otherwise face the prospect of dying prematurely. You certainly don’t have to get up to 700 pounds before deciding to tackle your weight, but if you’re worried about continuing to pile on the pounds you have to address the situation promptly.

It might be easier to bury your head in the sand when it comes to your weight, as if you don’t acknowledge you have a problem you don’t have to do anything about it. However, deciding not to deal with the problem won’t make it go away altogether which you may only learn to appreciate once your health begins to suffer.

When you seem to be in reasonably good physical condition, apart from carrying too much weight, it’s convenient to tell yourself that you’re fine as you are. You can’t see what’s going on inside your body, though, and statistics indicate if you’re overweight you are at greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke and developing other serious health conditions.

Thus, you shouldn’t wait until the day you experience a heart attack to decide to tackle your weight, when you could prevent such an event happening if you decided to lose weight sooner. Most of the time you know when you’re heavier than you ought to be, particularly if obesity runs in the family and you have seen members of your family succumb to weight-related health issues, which should definitely give you more incentive to lose weight.

To assess how serious your weight problem is, though, may require a trip to the doctor’s, or at least for you to weigh yourself and type your details into an online Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. Your BMI determines whether you are a healthy weight for someone of your height and, although it is not a perfect measure, it does give you some idea of how far away from being a healthy weight you are. This therefore gives you a number to aim for, which may help you to stay focused on reaching your goal.

Generally, you know when your weight is a problem because it interferes with your life in a negative way. It is not only your health suffers when you’re overweight, as your confidence can decline and your social life suffer as a result. If you’re unhappy with your size then clearly it’s up to you to do something about it.