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What’s the best way to find out if I’m overweight?

Judy Royal
StarNews

Your clothes don’t fit quite the way they used to. You’ve noticed the scale slowly creeping up lately. Or maybe people keep offering you diet soda when there’s Coke in plain sight. Or you could have the opposite problem, especially if you’re getting so light you might blow away with the next small craft advisory.

Whatever the reason, it’s no surprise that many of us often question whether we’re at a healthy weight. Most medical professionals use body mass index (BMI) to determine if you fall within the proper range. BMI uses a mathematical formula that takes into account both a person’s height and weight. BMI equals a person’s weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. (BMI=kg/m2).

Sound too complicated to do on paper? Thank goodness for the Internet, which gives us plenty of sites that will calculate this figure automatically. Here’s one from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:

www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm

And if you find out you’ve got a few (or not so few) pounds to lose, this is a good starting point:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/control.htm

Some local resources:

Obesity Prevention Initiative

Wilmington Health Access for Teens

New Hanover Regional Medical Center (weight loss surgery)

Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorder Treatment

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Overeaters Anonymous

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