"Obesity is the No. 1 indicator of potential cardiovascular diseases."—Stephanie Coulter, MD
Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Extra body fat, especially around the waist, can also raise blood pressure, raise LDL “bad cholesterol,” lower HDL or “good cholesterol,” and cause diabetes. Knowing your Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference are two ways to estimate your body fat. Use the tools below to establish where you fall on the obesity scale.
Measure your waistline