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How to Eat to Reduce Your BMI

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 in Nutrition

Excess weight can lead to more joint disease – the more body fat, the more impact on your joints, says dietitian Carolyn McCune. “About two thirds of Americans are overweight, so that adds up to a lot of orthopedic issues,” McCune says. “And there are many other health risks associated with excess weight, including hypertension, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and certain kinds of cancer.”

Today, body weight is measured using your Body Mass Index or BMI. You can use this calculator to measure your BMI. Here is the breakdown:

  • BMI of 25 or below = normal
  • BMI of 25 – 29 = overweight
  • BMI of 30 or above = obese

If you need to lose weight, the good news is even a minimal loss of 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can make a significant difference in the risk of certain diseases. McCune suggests some ways to change your diet and meet your weight loss goals in this video segment from Healthpoint TV.