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Maintaining a healthy body weight is critically important to maintaining good health as you age. The higher your body fat content, the greater your risk for many health disorders such as cardiovascular (heart) disease and diabetes. Increased pressure on knee joints can limit your mobility and interfere with quality of life. There is also growing evidence to suggest that excess body weight plays a role in the development of sleep apnea, which can be life threatening.

Health risks aside, you will feel more energetic and motivated to get things done when your body is not constantly being taxed by the increased demands that carrying around those extra pounds imposes upon it. You will also look better, and thus feel better about yourself.

You do not need to be model-thin to achieve these benefits, but if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 25 it may be prudent to discuss your current weight with your health care provider and ask what would be an appropriate healthy weight range for your height and body type. BMI is calculated as body weight in in kilograms divided by height in metres squared. For those more comfortable using the imperial system, BMI can be calculated as body weight in pounds multiplied by 708 and divided by height in inches squared.

Following are a number of common sense articles about weight control that will provide you with tools you can use to take charge of your body by setting a realistic, common sense weight loss goal and developing a workable plan to achieve - and maintain - a healthy body weight.

Weight Control Articles:
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