Are You Overweight or Underweight?

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Keeping a healthy weight is crucial. If you are underweight, overweight or obese, you may have a higher risk of certain health problems.

About two thirds of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Achieving a healthy weight can help you control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It might also help you prevent weight-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.

Eating too much or not being physically active enough will make you overweight. To maintain your weight, the calories you eat must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat. A weight-control strategy might include:

• Choosing low-fat, low-calorie foods
• Eating smaller portions
• Drinking water instead of sugary drinks
• Being physically active

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

If you are underweight, increasing your normal calorie intake by 500 calories a day should add 1 pound per week. Choose calories from lean protein sources (chicken, turkey, eggs), healthy fat sources (fish, nuts, seeds) and healthy carbohydrate sources (beans, legumes, whole grains). Consult with your primary care physician before beginning any new dietary routine.