Nutrition-wise blog

What your scale won't tell you

By Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. May 4, 2011

As surprising as it may sound, a normal weight or normal body mass index (BMI) isn't a guarantee of good health.

Someone who has a BMI in the acceptable range may still have an unacceptably high percentage of body fat. This is called normal weight obesity. Too much fat tissue puts you at risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, associated with type 2 diabetes, among other chronic diseases.

You may be thinking, "Oh great, one more thing to worry about." But look at this way: If you're working at maintaining or losing weight, you're already on the right track. A healthy diet and exercise are exactly what you need to do to control not only your weight but also your body fat percentage.

If you aren't eating a balanced diet or getting any exercise, you may want to talk with your doctor about adopting a healthier lifestyle. Your scale may not suggest it, but your heart will thank you.

To your health,


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May 04, 2011