How fat are you?

Are you on a diet? More then 13 million adult Canadians are now considered to either be obese or overweight. That's 61%! So if there are 10 people standing in a row the six are going to be considered "fat". Our children are in trouble, too. The statistics show that 26% of our children have an unhealthy body weight.

It's hard. We work a lot. We spend too much time on the run and fast food is easy and it's cheap. It is no wonder so many people are now battling the bulge.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated by dividing your weight in pound by your height in inches squared. Then multiply this number by 703. The equation looks like this: Weight / inches tall ½ X 703. An example is, if you weigh 220 pounds and are 64 inches tall, your calculation would be 220 / 64½ X 703, making your BMI are 37.76. You would be considered obese.

For an adult age 20 or older a 18.5 is considered underweight. What is considered overweight? People who have a body mass index (this is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight) of between 25 and 29. To be obese you need to be 30 and over.

To be a prime candidate for diabetes you need to be between 25 and 29 or 30 and over. This group will make up half of the new diabetes diagnoses.

Type 2 diabetes is caused by high levels of glucose in the bloodstream. This is often linked to unhealthy diet and body mass.Are you aware it is the 6th most common cause of death in Canada, claiming about 8,000 lives a year.

How did things get this bad? We aren't as active as we used to be. There is an abundance of sugar-laden foods now available to us. Temptation is just too great to have just one more of the sugar-sweetened beverages or salty snack foods.

What are the consequences? Beyond the obvious changes to your lifestyle - not being able to run and play with your children, limiting your adult leisure activities and constant shortness of breath there are serious health implications from over-eating and obesity.

If you develop diabetes when you are in your 30's you might end up developing kidney failure, stroke, heart attack, blindness and face unpleasant surgical techniques.

For an older person in their 70's diabetes can be a death sentence within a few years. It's time we said "no" to that piece of delicious, dreamy chocolate cheescake and crunch down on those carrots. Wouldn't it be great to be able to touch your toes?

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