Obesity is a complex chronic condition. Carrying extra body fat could put you at higher risk for health problems.
To manage obesity, a long-term treatment approach is best. One that focuses on you as a whole person. It’s about improving health and well-being, not just reducing the numbers on a scale.
Go to your
reflection journal and check off all the statements you relate to:
Just know how complex managing your weight can be may cause you to feel discouraged. Keep reading and learning and you’ll find that even very small changes can make a big difference in your journey to being healthier.
There are many ways to define obesity. Definitions are often based on 1 or more of the following:
* Having a BMI over 30 or a BMI in the overweight category (BMI of 25 to 29.9) doesn’t mean you automatically need to lose weight. If you carry most of your weight around your belly, or you notice your weight is affecting your quality of life, you may benefit from some of the ideas in this module.
Weight can affect all areas of your life and affects everyone differently.
For some people, obesity can be a problem when weight affects:
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