Obesity: the Importance of Healthy Weight

The Importance of a Healthy Weight

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Maintaining a healthy weight is an extremely important part of overall health. Being overweight or obese contributes to numerous health conditions that limit the quality and length of life, including:

  • Hypertension
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Depression
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon)

What communities can do

There's no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic. We know that obesity is a complex problem and must be addressed using multiple approaches. Prevention matters and that's where the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) comes in. Across Minnesota, communities are recognizing the important role they play in improving the health of residents by increasing access to and expanding opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. It's taking place in schools and child care, workplaces, health care and neighborhoods like yours.

Updated Wednesday, August 09, 2017 at 01:03PM