Healthy weight is a body mass index (BMI) that falls between 18.5 – 24.9 among humans. However, overweight is BMI between 25.0 – 29.9 and obesity is classified as BMI beyond 30.0 and higher.
Obesity is common among adults and adolescents, with 40% and 20% respectively in the United States and the majority are overweight and among others. ‘Healthy People 2030’, centres on assisting people to consume healthy meals and get enough physical activity to attain and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is associated with many serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. Some ethnic groups are at risk of obesity, which increases their likelihood of chronic diseases, anaesthetic and surgical difficulties with poor wound healing.
Some people fail to eat a healthy diet comprising fruits, vegetables, and whole grains which have the potential to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and enhance one’s health. Foods high in saturated fat and added sugars are examples of unhealthy diets and at increased risk for obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems. Also, living a sedentary lifestyle with little or no exercise can cause abnormal weight gain. Eating while watching television as well as stigma and discrimination of obesity may worsen the weight of the individual with grievous health challenges.
The most effective way in managing obesity or overweight is to change diet to consume healthy meals and engage in regular physical exercise. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reveals “that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, bought with a price, for which we ought to honour God with our bodies’’. Paul again in 1Corinthians 10:31 said, “whatever we eat, drink or do must glorify God”.