Healthy Weight

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.

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Claire's Story

My doctor told me that losing weight might be just as important to my overall health as my surgery was to controlling my cancer. After hearing that, I had to do my part. I stopped snacking on junk food and made a rule to only eat raw vegetables between meals. Slowly I was even able to start exercising 2 to 3 times a day for just 5 minutes until I was able to work up to a 30-minute session. Now, I am much healthier. I feel great!

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