Contributed by Barb DePree- Red Hot Mamas Medical Expert
First, let’s get the lay of the land, even though it’s probably all review to you. To identify whether you are overweight, the best (although not perfect) determinate is your Body Mass Index (BMI). It’s a simple calculation of your weight-to-height ratio, and it’s a more accurate assessment than weight alone. (Here’s a tool to estimate your BMI.)
Generally, a BMI score between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight and over 30 is obese. If you fall within that range, you’ve probably heard all the risk factors associated with obesity, so I won’t reiterate.