First, know your risks

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

THERE ARE NO SHORT­CUTS TO LOS­ING WEIGHT: EAT AND EX­ER­CISE PROP­ERLY AND CON­SIS­TENTLY IS THE ONLY METHOD.

While there’s no def­i­nite an­swer to what ex­actly is the ‘best’ weight for a per­son, know­ing your BMI is one way to get to a ball­park fig­ure.

Short for Body Mass In­dex, this is a weight-to-height in­dex cal­cu­lated us­ing your weight (in kilo­grams) di­vided by the square of your height (in me­ters). If you get any­where be­tween 18.5 and 25, you’re mostly golden. Watch your weight if you’re be­tween 25 and 30; and if you’ve crossed 30, it’s good to shed some pounds to re­duce the chances of obe­sity-re­lated health con­di­tions, par­tic­u­larly heart dis­eases.

Also, if you haven’t been do­ing reg­u­lar health check-ups, I sug­gest that you do. Reg­u­lar health ex­ams can iden­tify prob­lems be­fore they start or get worse. Do it even if you think you’re in the pink of health. I know of peo­ple who’ve di­a­betes and they aren’t even close to be­ing over­weight. They could have turn it around if they knew about their con­di­tion at the pre-di­a­betic stage.

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