Are you overweight? Check this out!

Here are five methods through which you could easily understand if you are overweight than finding it through a BMI reading.

Waist measurement
A waist circumference greater than 35 inches in women and greater than 40 inches in men could not only determine overweight status but put a hard-and-fast number on one’s health. Waist circumference above these numbers indicates excessive belly fat, a dangerous type of fat surrounding vital organs, which increases one’s risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and the metabolic syndrome.

Snoring
If your partner, best friend, or even you notice excessive snoring and you wake up restless, it may be a reason to check your weight. If you snore frequently and rarely get a good night’s sleep, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes your breathing to repeatedly stop and start again when you’re sleeping. It can cause loss of oxygen and extreme fatigue during waking hours. Most people with this condition tend to snore due to airway obstruction.

Frequent heartburn
Changes in your body weight, even slight ones, can lead to more acid reflux. More than one-third of overweight and obese individuals experience gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Some research suggests there’s a connection between being obese and developing GERD. Other symptoms of this condition include belching, nausea, a bitter taste in your mouth, and abdominal pain.

Painful joints
Obesity is a risk factor for osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a disabling disorder that leads to joint deterioration, pain, decreased joint mobility, and a reduced quality of life. Carrying around extra weight applies more pressure on all of your joints, and as you gain weight, the pressure increases. If you have achy knees or hips, or chronic back pain, you may be experiencing signs of a weight problem.

Chronic fatigue
Excess weight puts additional pressure on your organs, including your lungs. If simple tasks, such as tying your shoes or cleaning a room, lead to fatigue, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, you may have a weight problem. Likewise, overweight and obese individuals have a greater risk of developing asthma. People with weight problems may experience chronic inflammation because of the excess weight. This may lead to inflammation in airways and can make breathing more difficult.

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