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Are Extra Pounds Always Unhealthy?

Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 09:48 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.


Question: Is it possible to be a little overweight and still healthy? My BMI is 28, but at my latest physical my doctor said all my numbers (cholesterol, pulse, blood sugar, PSA) were all good. I exercise almost every day and eat a pretty healthy diet.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Yes you can be healthy and a little overweight. Weight is only one factor in health. A standard health examination can determine other indicators of potential problems.
 
But a person with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 is not just a little overweight. A BMI of 28 indicates mild obesity. At that level you will face increase health risks — for diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
 
I would recommend you try to trim your BMI by four or five points, which will decrease your health risks by maintaining a BMI of under 25.

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