Why Getting to a Healthy Weight Matters

Striving for a healthy weight can make you feel better and lower your risk for diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. So get started on a weight-loss plan today.

 By Marie Suszynski

Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH

 You don’t have to look far to get the message that weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight are important. Turn on the television or pick up a glossy magazine and you’ll be bombarded with the message that a lean body is beautiful.

That’s one superficial reason to set a weight-loss goal. But there are also many more meaningful reasons to work toward achieving a healthy weight, if you’re not there already. You’ll feel better and have more energy. You’ll also lower your chances of having high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and even conditions like sleep apnea. If you already have a condition like hypertension or diabetes, weight loss can actually lessen the severity of the disease.

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