Overweight and obesity are terms used to identify body weights that are heavier than what might be healthy for a person’s height. These terms also identify ranges of weight that may increase a person’s chances for some health problems.
Overweight and obesity are associated with health risks, such as
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Breathing problems, such as asthma and sleep apnea
- Some cancers
Many things can influence a person’s weight. Some factors that may lead to obesity include
- Eating habits: Large portion sizes or eating in front of a TV or computer screen are just a few examples of unhealthy eating habits.
- Inactivity: Children are less active now than in the past. Few children play outside; many often spend hours in front of a TV or computer screen.
- Environment: We live in an environment that may promote obesity. Many neighbourhoods are built so that you have to drive to the store, school, work, and even to play instead of more active choices.
- Family Genes: Having one or two obese parents can increase the chance of their children becoming obese.
Some things we cannot change, such as our genetics, but there are daily things your family can do to reach a healthy weight. Please explore the other sections of this website to find out how.