There is no hard and fast answer to how much a person should weigh in order to be
healthy. But, women need to be concerned about weight because it can and does affect
overall health. Obesity, or being overweight, can result in premature death and can
contribute to many problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood
cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, breathing problems, arthritis, and problems with pregnancy,
labor and delivery.
The first, and best, thing to do is to talk with your health care provider about your
weight. Together, you can talk about what a healthy weight is for you, based on your
height, build (bone size, amount of muscle) and age. You can also use a tool called the Body
Mass Index (BMI) to give you a pound range for a healthy weight. You take your weight
and height and see where you fall on the BMI table for adults (see below).
Ways to Lose Weight
High Protein / Low Carbohydrate Diets
Diet Pills and Herbal Supplements
Weight Loss Programs
Weight Loss and Smoking Cessation