Can you be overweight, but fit and healthy?
Sunday, 16 August · 2 min read

Is it possible to be fit and healthy if you're overweight or obese?

The answer isn't as obvious as you may think.

Research shows strong links between being overweight and having a higher risk of health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke. And this risk rises further if you’re very overweight or obese.

But some experts say that where the weight sits on your body is more significant than how much you weigh. People who carry extra weight around their middle are at higher risk of health problems than those who store their weight in other parts of their body

Other factors, such as smoking, also play a role in how fit and healthy you are.

In general, however, your body mass index (BMI) is a good way to know if you have a healthy body weight for your height. A healthy BMI should lie between between 18.5 and 24.9.

If your BMI is above 25, this means you're overweight and should aim to lose some weight. Try to:

  • stay active — you can start slowly with low-impact exercise like walking or swimming
  • do a variety of exercises and activities you enjoy — this will make it easier to stick to
  • eat a balanced diet
  • control your portions when you eat
  • avoid junk and processed food
  • cut down on alcohol
Quote of the day

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

John F. Kennedy, politician

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