Obesity is a condition where a person has too much body fat. Being obese can increase a person’s chances for many diseases including high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and stroke.1 You can find out more about how obesity can harm your health at What are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity. However, obesity can be prevented through healthy habits- eating a healthy, low calorie diet, doing physical activity regularly, reducing time spent watching TV or on the computer, reducing stress, and sleeping more.
Overweight and obesity are major health problems in both New York State, and Suffolk County. Obesity and overweight are the second most common cause of death in New York State. As of 2014, approximately 60% of adults in New York were considered overweight or obese and approximately 64% of adults were overweight or obese in Suffolk County between 2013-20142.
How do you know if you are overweight or obese? Healthcare providers use a measurement that compares your height and weight to calculate BMI (Body Mass Index). A person is considered overweight if their BMI is equal to or over 25 and they are considered obese if their BMI is over 30.
You can take control of your own health- you can combat obesity! Take a look at resources for improving your diet, increasing physical activity, and reducing your stress. Don’t forget to check out the Long Island Health Collaborative to learn about health activities taking place locally.