Do you know your body fat content? If you think that you are overweight, then you put yourself at risk of having heart disease. Being overweight will increase your blood pressure and increase your risk in developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis and certain cancers.
In addition to that, it’s not just how much you weigh but where you carry your excess fat. Women who carry weight around their middle (belly fat) as opposed to their hips are twice as likely to develop heart disease.
Benefits of managing your weight:
- Lower blood pressure and better management of high blood pressure
- Improved quality of life
- Improved mood and sleep
- Improved lung function
By taking the steps to reduce your weight, you can reduce your risk of heart disease. A great tool developed by National Heart Foundation of Australia calculates if you might be at risk: http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/healthy-eating/Pages/bmi-calculator.aspx