Health Information Neighborhood adds a digital scale

 Where are you on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale?

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5—24.9 Normal
 25.0—29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

Over two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, and over one-third are obese, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003–2006 and 2007–2008.

Source: http://win.niddk.nih.gov/statistics  

Risk Factors for Overweight and Obesity

  • type 2 diabetes
  • coronary heart disease
  • high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
  • stroke
  • hypertension
  • nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • gallbladder disease
  • osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and bone of joints)
  • sleep apnea and other breathing problems
  • some forms of cancer (breast, colorectal, endometrial, and kidney)
  • complications of pregnancy
  • menstrual irregularities

Learn more about healthy weight:

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight

http://healthfinder.gov

http://www.eatright.org

http://www.letsmove.gov/get-active

 

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Arts & Crafts Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, and frequent library customer, especially with her children. She reads a new book every few days, but recently loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Tin Star by Cecil Castellucchi.