Weighing too much may increase your risk for developing many health problems. If you are overweight or obese, you may be at risk for:
- type 2 diabetes
- coronary heart disease and stroke
- metabolic syndrome
- certain types of cancer
- sleep apnea
- gallbladder disease
- fatty liver disease
- pregnancy complications
You may be able to lower your health risks by losing weight, doing regular physical activity, and eating healthfully. If you are overweight, losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight may lower your risk for several diseases, including coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Remember if you weigh 200 pounds, this means losing just 10 pounds. Slow and steady weight loss of 1/2 to 2 pounds per week, and not more than 3 pounds per week, is the safest way to lose weight.
To lose weight, or to maintain weight loss, you will likely need to do more than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily.