Obesity

ExitCare ImageObesity is having too much body fat and a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. BMI is a number based on your height and weight. The number is an estimate of how much body fat you have. Obesity can happen if you eat more calories than you can burn by exercising or other activity. It can cause major health problems or emergencies.

HOME CARE

  • Exercise and be active as told by your doctor. Try:

  • Using stairs when you can.

  • Parking farther away from store doors.

  • Gardening, biking, or walking.

  • Eat healthy foods and drinks that are low in calories. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

  • Limit fast food, sweets, and snack foods that are made with ingredients that are not natural (processed food).

  • Eat smaller amounts of food.

  • Keep a journal and write down what you eat every day. Websites can help with this.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol. Drink more water and drinks without calories.

  • ExitCare Image Take vitamins and dietary pills (supplements) only as told by your doctor.

  • Try going to weight-loss support groups or classes to help lessen stress. Dieticians and counselors may also help.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have chest pain or tightness.

  • You have trouble breathing or feel short of breath.

  • You feel weak or have loss of feeling (numbness) in your legs.

  • You feel confused or have trouble talking.

  • You have sudden changes in your vision.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.