40% of African American Women Are Obese. Why Should You Care?

Overweight African American womanBecause obesity is the single greatest risk factor for stroke, heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers! Being overweight and obese is making us sick!

According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ” The prevalence of obesity in the United States has more than doubled in the past three decades..Black women had the greatest prevalence (39.2).”

What does it mean to be overweight or obese? It all comes down to Body Mass Index (BMI)–a formula that calculates the ratios of your age, height, and weight. To be considered overweight, your BMI would be between 25 and 29.9. Obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher. To calculate your BMI, us this BMI Calculator from the CDC.

By losing just 10 percent of your current body weight, you can reduce your risk of these diseases substantially. At WHOLE Express we do not endorse fad dieting that deprives your body of essential nutrition just to take excess weight off quickly. Rather, focus on taking it off gradually with quality nutrition, exercise, and along the way learning new behaviors to keep it off.

That’s what WHOLE Body Living is all about: learning behaviors to help you attain and sustain optimal health. Our monthly e-newsletter WHOLE offers easy-to-adopt resources to help you create a plan specifically tailored to your needs and circumstances. Please have a look at WHOLE and consider subscribing–it’s free!

And keep tuning into this blog WHOLE Express too–you’ll want to subscribe to an RSS feed to make sure you won’t miss any posts. We’ll regularly give you quick tips for keeping on track with your healthier lifestyle goals.

Overweight sistah on the beachSistahs, we all don’t need to become rail thin to become healthier. But enough is enough! It’s time to make some changes–your health depends on it. Let’s work on that together, okay?

Question: What changes are you going to make to help lose weight and become healthier?

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