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Am I Overweight?

People worry every day about their weight. Whether you’ve recently put on some extra pounds, or if you’ve harbored insecurities about your body shape for years, you might wonder: Am I overweight? The science around diet and weight loss is more complex than many realize.

You could benefit significantly from the professional advice and expertise of the Sure Medical Care team, if you’re concerned about being overweight. We provide effective and compassionate weight loss support to patients in and around the Elmhurst, New York area.

Defining “overweight”

You might have a weight where you feel more or less comfortable in your own skin. Defining healthy and overweight categories in general, though, can be more complex. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using the Adult Body Mass Index (BMI) system for initial assessments of your body weight. However, your BMI may not tell the whole story of your personal weight and health needs.

You can calculate your BMI number by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. Your BMI gives a sense of the overall size and mass of your body, and can be indicative of your weight status. According to the CDC:

Your BMI number can give you some insights into where your weight falls, in relation to your height. But BMI numbers don’t necessarily give you an accurate diagnosis, and in some cases can be misleading. A healthcare professional will be able to give you the most accurate sense of where your current weight falls in the context of your optimal range.

Working it out

Whether your BMI indicates you could be overweight, or not, you may still be able to benefit from weight loss. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of many negative health outcomes, including diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, and stroke. 

If you can lose just 5%-10% of your total body fat, you can improve your chances for long-term whole-body health. And, even a small weight loss can do a lot to boost your self-confidence, as well.

At Sure Medical Care, we provide the professional support that can make your weight loss goals a reality. Hertzel Sure, MD and his care team can help you set healthy goals, and equip you with the tools you need to meet them. In addition to lifestyle changes around diet and exercise, you could benefit from medications or even nutritional counseling.

With a unique weight loss program tailored to your health and lifestyle needs and ongoing professional support for accountability, you may be able to lose your unwanted pounds, and keep them off. To start enjoying the health and personal benefits of weight loss, contact Sure Medical Care today. You can book your initial consultation appointment by giving us a call, or use the online scheduling tool.

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