The difference between being overweight and obese
Being overweight and being obese are two different things. Obesity is a point along the continuum of weight. There are many people who are overweight but not obese. If you use the BMI scale, for example, you can see that a BMI of 26 would put you in the
overweight category, but you’d have to have a BMI of 30 or higher to be considered obese.
Let’s look at an example. A woman who’s 5’5” tall and weighs 155 pounds is slightly overweight by BMI standards. Her BMI is 25.79. She can weigh as much as 180 pounds and still be considered overweight yet not obese. But if she
gains weight and weighs 182 pounds, she will have a BMI of 30.28 and will be considered class one obese.
Being overweight puts you at an increased risk for several health conditions, and the more overweight you are, the greater your risks are. But as you can see, losing just a few pounds in some cases can reduce your risk. If you consider a 5’5”
woman who weighs 159 pounds is overweight and at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, just dropping five pounds would put her into a normal weight category and reduce her risk. That’s true for many people – losing even a little weight
can make a difference in your health. When you think weight loss that way, it may feel more manageable.
Take weight loss in increments, setting small goals along the way. So rather than deciding you’re doing to lose 50 pounds, start with a short-term goal of losing 5 pounds in three weeks. Just remember, it’s important to talk to your doctor
before you start any diet or exercise plan to make sure you do it safely. Depending in your weight and overall health, you may benefit from a medical weight loss program or a consultation with a nutritionist.