Losing weight is hard for anyone, but for the 78.6 million (34%) obese people in America, it’s particularly difficult. You can blame it on genetics, poor eating habits, lack of activity (sedentary lifestyle), stress, or even a medical condition, sometimes.

Research suggests that kids who exercise make for fitter adults, so perhaps there’s your cue to get off on the right foot.

For those who are battling the bulge, it is important to know if you’re just marginally or seasonally (during the holidays) heavier, or if you have a real problem that can threaten your health and life. We aim to give you a reality check.

Let’s Put It To The Test
Calculating your BMI (Body Mass Index) is perhaps the best way; it’s not an exact science and results may vary. BMI counters are easily available online on fitness portals, and all you’ll need to enter is your weight, height and gender. Typically, these are the numbers that should raise a red flag in your mind.

BMI Result
25.0–29.9 Overweight
30.0–39.9 Obese
40.0 & Above Extremely Obese

Other Tell-Tale Signs

  • You find it difficult to do even basic activities, get tired and are out of breath easily
  • You cannot control your snoring and invariably wake up groggy
  • Various spots on your body are rather tender or sensitive
  • You bruise easy and your body retains a lot of water (the skin dimples and doesn’t bounce-back)
  • You’re always hungry (no matter how much you’ve eaten, or when)
  • You suffer from high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • You need to lose more than 20lb to reach your ideal weight
  • Your knees, hips and back hurt
  • You store fat in the midsection (belly bulge)
  • Waist circumference higher than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men is a reason for concern

If you do find yourself fitting in this bracket, perhaps it’s time to get some professional help and rope in a nutritionist and trainer for consult. You’re dealing with more than an ordinary amount of excess weight and some guidance will go a long way in getting you back on track.

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.