“Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
includes healthy eating, physical activity,
optimal sleep, and stress reduction”.1

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What may the Healthy Weight Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Healthy Weight
  • Weight Control
  • Weight Prevention

Definition

What is a healthy weight?

In Healthy Weight the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov note:

“What is a healthy weight? The answer is different for everyone. But it’s important to know what a healthy weight is for you”.2

Achieving and Maintaining

What does achieving and maintaining a healthy weight include?

In Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain:

“Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight includes healthy eating, physical activity, optimal sleep, and stress reduction. Several other factors may also affect weight gain”.3

Aging

As people age is it easier to gain weight?

In Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Finding A Balance of Food and Activity – Other Factors the CDC elaborate on:

Healthy Weight“As people age, their body composition gradually shifts — the proportion of muscle decreases and the proportion of fat increases. This shift slows their metabolism, making it easier to gain weight. In addition, some people become less physically active as they get older, increasing the risk of weight gain”.4

Women

As women age how much weight may they gain?

The (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) note:

“On average, Australian women gain about 5 to 7 kg (mainly fat around the waist) per decade as they age”.5

Healthy Waist Circumference

What is the key to a healthy waist circumference?

In A Healthy Weight: Maintaining A Healthy Waist Circumference the JH explain:

Healthy Weight“To help keep your waist within a healthy range, aim to have an average daily energy intake that’s equal to your daily energy needs”.6

Fad Diets

Can fad diets be harmful?

In A Healthy Weight: Maintaining A Healthy Waist Circumference – Avoid Fad Diets the JH also note:

“Fad diets can be harmful. They can slow your metabolism, cause headaches and fatigue, lead to less muscle and lower bone density. They can also cause constipation or diarrhoea and may contribute to eating disorders. Most of the time, people put the weight back on after doing a fad diet”.7

Dietary Supplements

Do dietary supplements work?

In Weight Control: Bottom Line the (United States) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) caution:

  • “Researchers have studied the weight loss potential of a variety of dietary supplements, including omega-3s and fish oil; chitosan, a dietary fiber from shellfish; green tea extracts; Chinese herbs; and bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) extract. None have been shown to be effective for weight loss, and each of these has side effects”.8

In Weight Control: Safety the NCCIH also caution:

  • “If you’re considering a dietary supplement for weight loss, remember that “natural” does not necessarily mean “safe””.9

Benefits

What are the benefits of a healthy weight?

In Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Finding A Balance of Food and Activity the CDC elaborate on:

“Managing your weight contributes to good health now and as you age. In contrast, people who have obesity, compared to those with a healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions”.10

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with a healthy weight?

If you would like help with a healthy weight it may be in your best interest to talk to your health care provider about this. The NCCIH note:

“If you’re thinking about starting a new weight-loss program, talk with your health care provider, who can assess your weight and health risks, determine whether you need to lose weight, and provide information that will help you make informed decisions about an effective weight-loss program”.11

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  1. Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity. Last Reviewed: 09 June 2023. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/index.html Accessed: 12 May 2024
  2. Healthy Weight. Page Last Updated: 06 October 2022. Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov https://www.womenshealth.gov/healthy-weight Accessed: 12 May 2024
  3. Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity. Last Reviewed: 09 June 2023. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/index.html Accessed: 12 May 2024
  4. Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Finding A Balance of Food and Activity – Other Factors. Last Reviewed: 23 February 2024. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/prevention/index.html Accessed: 12 May 2024
  5. A Healthy Weight: Maintaining A Healthy Waist Circumference. Last Updated: 19 March 2024 | Last Reviewed: 23 January 2024. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/healthy-living/managing-healthy-weight Accessed: 12 May 2024
  6. A Healthy Weight: Maintaining A Healthy Waist Circumference. Last Updated: 19 March 2024 | Last Reviewed: 23 January 2024. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/healthy-living/managing-healthy-weight Accessed: 12 May 2024
  7. A Healthy Weight: Maintaining A Healthy Waist Circumference – Avoid Fad Diets. Last Updated: 19 March 2024 | Last Reviewed: 23 January 2024. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/healthy-living/managing-healthy-weight Accessed: 12 May 2024
  8. Weight Control: Bottom Line. Last Updated: September 2017. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/weight-control Accessed: 12 May 2024
  9. Weight Control: Safety. Last Updated: September 2017. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/weight-control Accessed: 12 May 2024
  10. Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity. Last Reviewed: 09 June 2023. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/prevention/index.html Accessed: 12 May 2024
  11. Weight Control. Last Updated: September 2017. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health https://nccam.nih.gov/health/weightloss Accessed: 12 May 2024
Topic Last Updated: 12 May 2024 – Topic Last Reviewed: 12 May 2024

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