Health-Related Issues -- Eating Disorders, Weight Management

Tips for Weight Loss

  • exercise regularly for 25-45 minutes, preferably every day
  • decrease fat intake - no more than 25-30% of daily calories fat contains 9 calories per gram vs. 4 calories/gram for protein and carbohydrates
  • avoid alcohol which has 7 calories per gram
  • decrease calories - a decrease of 500 calories below daily requirements will result in weight loss of 1 lb. per week
  • avoid fad diets that may be harmful to your health
  • avoid rapid weight loss which is less effective for long term weight management, and may be unhealthy
  • avoid the use of diet pills

Risks Associated with Being Overweight

  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • arthritis
  • gallbladder disease
  • some types of cancer

BMI does not show the difference between excess fat and muscle. BMI is closely related with measures of body fat.