If you weigh too much in relation to your height, this is a health risk. A method that is commonly used for measuring whether a person is overweight is the Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI score of more than 25 indicates that a person is overweight, while a BMI of more than 30 indicates obesity. The amount of abdominal fat and fat around the organs is also significant. This fat appears to be responsible in particular for the secretion of hormones with an impact on energy balance, blood pressure and the occurrence of inflammation, amongst other things. A healthy waist measurement for women is less than 80 cm, while for men it is less than 94 cm.
Systematically changing your diet can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and a healthy waist measurement.
Being overweight and your health
There are a number of health effects associated with being overweight.
iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether preventing yourself from becoming overweight may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.