1. Where do you draw the line between a normal health weight and being overweight?

According to the CDC a health weight is defined as a BMI (body mass index) between 18.5 and 24.9. Anything above that is considered overweight or obese. What, that’s not enough you say? Well, there’s more. Body shape does matter and so another good measure that you can use to draw the line between normal and overweight is to measure your waist circumference. The great news is it’s different for men and women, but ladies this one doesn’t work in our favor! For men a healthy waist circumference should be 40 inches, and for women a healthy waist circumference should be less than 35 inches. The following diagram shows you how/where you should be measuring for the most accurate results.

2. Where do you draw the line between being overweight and being obese?

Just as an individual who has a BMI of greater than 25, an individual who is obese has a BMI of 30 or more. This means that for someone who is 5 feet tall and 9 inches they weigh 203 pounds or more.

3. I hear a lot of numbers out there. How many Americans are really not meeting physical activity recommendations?

“Only 31 percent of U.S. adults report that they engage in regular leisure-time physical activity (defined as either three sessions per week of vigorous physical activity lasting 20 minutes or more, or five sessions per week of light-to-moderate physical activity lasting 30 minutes or more). About 40 percent of adults report no leisure-time physical activity.[5]

About 35 percent of high school students report that they participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on 5 or more days of the week, and only 30 percent of students report that they attend physical education class daily. As children get older, participation in regular physical activity decreases dramatically.[13]

In contrast to reported activity, when physical activity is measured by a device that detects movement, only about 3–5 percent of adults obtain 30 minutes of moderate or greater intensity physical activity on at least 5 days per week. Among youth, measured activity provides information on younger children than is available with reports and highlights the decline in activity from childhood to adolescence. For example, 42 percent of children age 6–11 obtain the recommended 60 minutes per day of physical activity, whereas only 8 percent of adolescents achieve this goal.[14]” – Weight-Control Information Network

4. When do I know that baby fats not just baby fat?

“The fact is that children come in many shapes and sizes. With their weights in mind, most kids fall within the normal range, although in recent years, more parents than ever are being told by their pediatricians that their youngsters are overweight. Your child’s doctor has been charting her height and weight since she was an infant, typically during every office visit in the first 2 years of life and then about once a year after 2 years. Your pediatrician can show you your child’s growth chart and tell you whether she has gained too much weight. The doctor may calculate your child’s body mass index (BMI), which after age 2 years is a good indicator of whether she is overweight. If your child’s BMI is above the 95th percentile for her age, she has a weight problem.” -The American Academy of Pediactrics

5. Does it really impact my health?

Yes, it does. You may feel great and not have any problems, but obesity in this sense is like smoking. Many individuals smoke for years and years before they ever experience any health related consequences, but when they do the consequences are usually devastating. Obesity is a chronic condition which means that over time your body will experience the impact even though you may not feel anything now.

6. How can it impact my health?

According to the CDC those who are obese have an increased risk of the following conditions:

7. I like to eat. I like to eat a lot. I like to eat a lot and it shows. How can I eat and not show what I eat?

This is a slightly complicated question, but I can offer a few tips.

If you really like to eat, and you’re super busy you can try preparing healthy foods so that they become your quick snack on the go. Try chopping veggies or fruit while you watch American Idol.

You can also portion out what you eat so that you don’t eat so much all at once. Try using a smaller container for your chips or ice cream when you’re sitting down to snack.

Increasing your activity level also helps. Take the stairs, or walk around the block. Try lifting some books or walking in place while you watch television. Every little bit makes a difference and you don’t have to do it all at once.

You don’t have to be physically active for 30 minutes all at once. Try breaking it up and doing something different after every meal.

8. What is the best diet plan out there?

This is where you learn that I’m not really promoting any single diet. There is no magic pill that will help you lose weight. The best diet plan out there is the one that actually works for you. This means that you need to know yourself and set realistic goals (that’s right, maybe you can’t cut out the dessert, but you can try increasing your fruit and veg intake instead). Don’t become discouraged! The best diet is one that isn’t just a diet, but can become part of your lifestyle so that you don’t even know you’re doing it.

9. Are their resources available for free, ’cause the economy is tight and so is my budget?

YES! If you have access to the internet (which you should because you’re reading this online right now) there are a lot of resources readily available and FREE! The following are just a few, but you can see my Get Involved Page for more resources:



and last but not least…

10. I’ve found it, now how do I lose it?

Simple answer: eat less and move more.

Longer answer: set a goal! Decided that you want to do something today, not tomorrow, but today and write it down. Make sure it’s something you can actually do (for example, don’t tell yourself that you’ll spend an hour at the gym everyday if you don’t even have that time) make a commitment and keep it. You can do it!


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