Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of our weight balanced against our height. A normal BMI is less than 25. People with a BMI between 25 and 30 are considered overweight and those over 30 are considered to be obese.

Obesity is associated with increased rates of:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart attack and stroke
  • diabetes
  • bone and joint problems
  • sleep apnoea (episodes of stopping breathing while asleep - snoring suggest sleep apnoea)
  • some cancers such as breast cancer
  • increased problems with fertility and during pregnancy and delivery

These risk factors also result when your waist measurement is over 88cm for women.

Speak to your doctor to find out what weigh loss program will be best for you.