Overweight / Obesity

For a person whose body weight exceeds his recommended weight range by 20% or more, the risk of heart attack is roughly three times greater than that of a person who is within the healthy weight range. This is because overweight and obesity in particular, increases one’s chances of developing other contributory factors for cardiovascular disease.

For instance, weight gain per se has been associated with an increase in LDL (bad) cholesterol and a decrease in HDL (good) cholesterol. Being overweight or obese also raises one’s likelihood of developing high blood pressure and diabetes.
Ideally, your Body Mass Index (BMI) should be between 18.5 and 22.9, as shown in the table below:

BMI

Category

< 18.5

Underweight

18.5 – 22.9

Normal

23.0 – 29.9

Overweight

≥ 30.0

Obese

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