HEALTHY WEIGHT WEEK
People carry vastly different amounts of weight. A 5’6” woman can carry 118-154 pounds and be considered within average weight. January 17-23 is National Healthy Weight Week. Learn more about what your healthy weight could – or should – be.
WEIGHING IN ON OBESITY
News sources report on obesity on a regular basis. Our FitFamily articles feature valuable information about obesity among our young people. We know that obesity is an issue, and many people struggle with it on a regular basis. Despite our best efforts, our nation is still fighting the obesity bulge.
ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL
- No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
- Nineteen states had a prevalence of obesity between 30% and 35%.
- Three states (Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity of 35% or greater
- The Midwest had the highest prevalence of obesity (30.7%), followed by the South (30.6%), the Northeast (27.3%), and the West (25.7%)
WHAT IS A HEALTHY WEIGHT?
- Do you believe you are a healthy weight? Weight / BMI calculators are easy to find online. Here are three definitions of a healthy weight. All definitions are for a woman 5’6” tall.
- Pounds on a scale: Underweight is considered less than 118 pounds. Normal is 118 to 154 pounds. Overweight is 155 to 185 pounds. Obese is 186 to 241 pounds.
- Body Mass Index (BMI): Underweight is less than 18.5 BMI. Normal is 18.5 to 24.9 BMI. Overweight is 25 to 29.9 and obese is 30 or greater.
- Another definition of a healthy weight is your natural weight supported through healthy living that includes mindful, intuitive eating, enjoyable physical activity, effective stress management, adequate sleep and more.
Explore the FitFamily archives for ideas to manage stress, eat healthy and add exercise into your life on a daily basis.
- Weight does not dictate health. Give up the idea of trying to maintain a specific weight and ditch your individual biases related to an “ideal” weight and size.
- Mindful eating is eating for well-being. You should find a balance between eating for pleasure and eating for health and sustenance.
- Endurance, strength and flexibility are not necessarily connected to weight. You can actually have all of these and be an “overweight” number on the scale. Healthy weight is promoted by engaging in activities you enjoy that make you feel well both during and afterward. Avoid exercising until you feel pain or exhaustion because it can actually create barriers to reaching your health goals.
- Stress management can help you avoid emotional eating. Stress can turn into weight gain, creating more stress. A few ways to manage stress include journaling, yoga, meditation, talking and exercise.
- Care for yourself. Sometimes it is OK to put yourself first. When you combine mindful eating, enjoyable exercise and effective stress management you are creating a state of being based on self-care.
BEST WISHES AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!