What is a Healthy Weight?
Extra weight can increase harmful hormones in the body, such as insulin and estrogen, that cause inflammation and other biological effects. Extra weight is also linked to development and recurrence of some cancers (colon, esophageal, breast, uterine, and kidney).
So, what is the best weight for everyone? There is not a magical number that everyone should weigh to be healthy. Body Mass Index (BMI) can be used to determine your healthy weight range by comparing your current weight and height. A healthy BMI range is between 18.5 and 24.9. Click here to use the SurvivorSHINE BMI Calculator to determine if you are a healthy weight.
You always hear about health conditions caused by being overweight, but I thought that did not apply to me. Then I got cancer. That was the “wake-up call” I needed. I made a meal plan and gave my junk food to my neighbors and friends. Then I went shopping for healthy foods – vegetables, fruits, and those 100 calories microwave bags a popcorn…those are a lifesaver for me when I get hungry. I also got my body moving. The weight did not come off overnight, but I kept working at it. It paid off and I am in the best shape of my life.
* The individual pictured above is not the individual described in the story. The name and photo have been changed to protect privacy.