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Healthy Body Weight

Woman measuring her slim body isolated on white backgroundIncreasing evidence suggests that a healthy body weight is very important to your quality of life. Body Mass Index (BMI) is the ratio of your height to your weight, and ideally, should be between 19 and 24.9. A BMI above 25 is considered overweight and above 30 is considered obese. A pear rather than an apple shape is also linked to health, but this tends to be genetic and difficult to alter. A healthy waist size is considered to be 40 inches or under for men (usually related to a pant size two inches smaller) and 35 inches or under for women. Divide your height by two and this should be your upper waist size.

Central adiposity or belly fat is associated with higher risks of inflammation and this may be particularly important if you have been diagnosed with cancer. Belly fat is responsive to exercise – especially core type such as yoga or pilates. Deep breathing type of energy work is helpful when you feel fatigued.

From The Cancer Nutrition Center Handbook

© Carolyn Katzin – reprinted by permission

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