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Know Your BMI!
Research shows that if you are overweight or obese, a little weight loss goes a long way toward reducing your risk for disease and protecting your health.

Overweight or obese people who lose just 5 to 10 percent of their body weight showed measurable and significant improvement in terms of managing and preventing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and osteoarthritis. Evidence also shows that modest weight loss may reduce the risk of some types of cancer.

You are overweight if your body mass index (BMI) is 25 to 29.9, and obese if your BMI is 30 or greater. BMI is an estimation of your body fat calculated from your height and weight. The relationship between body fat and BMI differs with age and gender, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Women, for instance, are more likely to have a higher percent of body fat than men.

"Take the opportunity at your next doctor's appointment to ask your physician to calculate your BMI and discuss a plan to manage weight issues, if you have any," says Stan Padilla, MD, Brown & Toland's Chief Medical Officer.

Take a first step toward healthy living by learning more about your BMI. Visit the following link to access BMI resources on the CDC Web site:

BMI Calculator and Information
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/index.htm