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Check Your BMI to Calculate Your Weight Category

If you are advised to lose weight by a doctor, follow these tips for losing weight:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Drink more water instead of sugary drinks
  • Watch less TV/Netflix/online videos
  • Promote policies and programs at school, work, and in the community that make healthy choices easier
  • Be more physically active

Health consequences of obesity:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
  • High blood pressure
  • Lipid disorders (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Stroke
  • Liver and Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
  • Gynecological problems (abnormal periods, infertility)

If you are a person with a physical disability, it is uniquely important to lose weight because being overweight adds an additional obstacle towards living your best quality of life.

Losing weight can provide numerous health benefits, improving:

  • Energy
  • Sleep
  • Aches and pains
  • Mobility
  • Breathing
  • Immune System

The following information has been collected by Living Well With A Disability from various sources to provide individuals who would like to live well with their disability suggestions for obtaining their highest level of physical health and well-being. While we believe this information to be accurate, we make no guarantees. All individuals should consult their personal physician prior to changing their diet or exercise habits, and prior to making any health decisions.

Under no circumstances shall CILCP or its employees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages which may result in any way from your use of the information included as part of the Living Well With A Disability website.

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