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Does your weight really matter?

Does your weight really matter?
March 18
02:31 2016

Do you hop on a scale every morning to check your weight? New research shows that maybe these numbers aren’t the best indicators of your health.

Researchers recently found that low body fat is much more important than a low weight when it comes to staying healthy, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal. Another study on this topic found that young people who are not physically active are still at a high risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life, even if they have low weights.

Many rely on body mass index, or BMI, to indicate whether their weight falls within a healthy range. This number typically tells you whether you’re considered to be overweight or obese. However, it does not account for those people who have a lot of muscle, which weighs more than fat.

Although a high BMI indicates a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it’s important to look at more than just the numbers and think about training to add muscle and reduce fat.

Some health experts believe that people who fall within the normal weight range but are still at risk of diabetes because of their body fat are not receiving enough education on diabetes. This group tends to believe that they are healthy, even though they need to make lifestyle changes to avoid serious health concerns.

To check your body fat percentage, try using a “bioimpedance” scale that uses tiny electrical currents to measure fat percentages.


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