Why is maintaining a healthy weight important?
Weight control is an important concern for adolescents and adults for reasons like health and physical appearance. Although weight control may decrease the risk of chronic illness in adulthood, it can lead to unhealthy weight-loss practices and the development of an eating disorder.
Maintaining a healthy weight can be hard and difficult. Mary Serdula had a study on high school students and adults 18 years and older. In the study, about 44% of high school female students and 15% of male students reported that they were trying to lose weight. An additional 25% of female students and 15% of male students reported that they were trying to maintain their weight. The study found that weight control can decrease the risk of chronic illness but it can lead to unhealthy weight loss and an eating disorder if it is not done properly and naturally.
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health! It can help you to prevent and control many diseases, make you feel good, and give you more energy.
Some ways you can reach and maintain a healthy weight:
- Follow a balanced diet
- Stay physically active
- Reduce the time you spend being physically inactive
Changes don’t happen overnight! So take care of your weight by starting small and make sure to maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
According to a recent study by Harvard University, people following healthy habits were 82% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65% less likely to die from cancer! Download the Lively Habits App to help you keep track of your 10 healthy lifestyle habits. Spend a couple of minutes a day to remind yourself of these healthy habits! These 10 lifestyle habits can help strengthen yourself against COVID-19 risks, illnesses, and chronic illness. Stay safe out there!Top