The most important reason why your weight matters is because of your health. Being impacted by excess weight is a health concern and it can affect you in many ways:
It can lead to other health problems including obesity. More than 50 health problems are linked to having obesity. These health problems are diseases and conditions that decrease your quality of life and include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and many others.
Excess weight also has emotional implications. People affected by excess weight sometimes suffer from depression or a lack of self-confidence. They may even face weight-stigma or discrimination in their daily lives, which can deepen depression.
Your weight could be impacting your health and you may not be aware of it. That is why, it’s important to understand your weight and talk to your healthcare provider about it.
Where Do I Start?
One of the first steps that you can take to learn more and understand your weight is to measure it. It’s important to understand that the number on the scale doesn’t define who you are, but it is helpful in understanding your weight and in discussing it with your healthcare provider.