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Part 3: Are You in the "Pre" Phase of Disease? Obesity

Part 3: Are You in the "Pre" Phase of Disease? Obesity

I've been talking a lot about Diabetes and if you're putting yourself at risk or not. So, along with Diabetes, what are the identifiers of common health diseases? Medical News Today has outlined four "prediseases" to watch for, here is the first:

Overweight:

  • Why It's Important: Not only is overweight the forerunner to obesity, a known risk factor for many diseases, just being 5% to 10% overweight increases your risk of chronic disease, making overweight a predisease of sorts. In a 2001 study of middle-aged adults from both the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, being overweight increased the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, gallstones, high blood pressure, heart disease, colon cancer and stroke. The risk rose in proportion to the degree of overweight.
  • How to Identify: According to the National Institutes of Health, someone with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25 is considered overweight. Find out your BMI on Fit's Calculator.

Don't forget to check out the other three prephases of disease.

Fit's Tips: If you suspect you are at risk for any disease, you should definitely see your doctor.

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katie225 katie225 8 years
i hate the BMI. according to my doctor, it is not an indication of health at all.
vsakakeeny vsakakeeny 8 years
So does that mean on average that Asians tend to have less bone/muscle and more fat than Caucasians that weigh the same amount? That's really interesting.
amandasunly amandasunly 8 years
By the way, for Asians, studies suggest using a BMI of 21.0 as the cutoff for Overweight (instead of 25), because these values match the same body fat percentages as Caucasians. According to this, I'm overweight because my BMI is 21.8 and I'm Chinese.
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