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Morris Morcos

1 60 South St
Granville NSW 2142
ph: (02) 9637 5765
fax: (02) 9682 6368

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  Weight Management

Weight management means achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. Your body weight can affect your health in many ways.

Most people tend to be overweight, rather than underweight.  Being overweight can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease.

Being a healthy weight reduces your risk of these problems. It can make you feel healthier and better about yourself.

How Do I Know if I am Overweight?

To find out if you are overweight, or obese, a formula is used to find out your weight compared to your height.  This is called the Body Mass Indicator (BMI).  There is a calculater at the bottom of this page that can be used to find your BMI.  The results will indicate whether you are underweight, normal, overweight or obese.  It might be worth discussing your results with a doctor, pharmacist or dietician. 

What can I do to improve my weight management?

Two steps to maintaining a healthy weight:

Step 1 - Follow a healthy eating plan by:
 

  • eating a variety of foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables (including legumes), bread (especially wholegrain), rice, pasta and other grain products
  • eating moderate amounts of fish, lean meat, poultry and reduced-fat dairy products
  • limiting fat intake, especially saturated fat in animal products
  • increasing dietary fibre, which is found in plant foods only
  • Keep alcohol intake to a minimum. It is recommended that women should drink no more than two standard drinks a day and men, no more than four standard drinks a day. It is also recommended that you have at least two alcohol-free days each week

Healthy eating is just as important if you are underweight. If you are looking to increase your body weight you should consult a dietitian. If you have experienced unexplained weight loss, you should consult your local general practitioner.

Step 2 - Regular physical activity:
 

  • Medical experts recommend that to maintain your health and weight you should do 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days. This can be accumulated by doing 10 minute bouts of exercise. Remember you only have to take it regularly not seriously. This can include walking, swimming, dancing and gardening.

Further Information:

Weight Management Council of Australia - www.weightcouncil.org
Heart Foundation (Australia) - www.heartfoundation.com.au

Ask Your Pharmacist about:

  • help with weight management
  • explanation of BMI 

 Body Mass Indicator Calculator:  simply enter your Height and Weight and press 'Find BMI'.  Scroll down to see the results.

: cm
: kg
 

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