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A healthy weight is a weight that lowers your risk for health problems. For most people, body mass index (BMI)and waist size are good ways to tell if they are at a healthy weight.
Having a healthy weight is good for your heart, lungs, bones, muscles, and joints. And it lowers your risk for falls, heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers. If you already have one or more of these problems, being at a healthy weight may help you control other health problems and make you feel better. But reaching a healthy weight isn't just about reaching a certain number on the scale or a certain BMI. Having healthy eating habits is very important.

Read more about weight management and healthy eating.

Fitness also helps you feel better and have more energy for work and leisure time. You'll feel more able to do things like playing with your kids, gardening, dancing, or biking. When you stay active and fit, you burn more calories, even when you're at rest. It can also help you manage your weight. Read about fitness and exercise and find the type of exercise that you enjoy and is right for you.

Healthy weight for children and teens

Weight has an important effect on your child’s health. Children as young as preschool age can benefit from healthy eating. Exercise and fitness also help to improve your child's flexibility, aerobic fitness, and can make their bones and muscles stronger.

For children to stay active, they need have a healthy diet. Learn how to support your child’s healthy eating habits and how to make physical activity a part of your child's life.

When your whole family is involved with physical activities, children learn that being active is fun and makes you feel good. Read about tips for getting everyone in the family moving together.

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