Why is being a healthy weight important?
Carrying too much weight (being overweight or obese) or carrying too little (being underweight) can increase your risk of a range of serious health problems. In general, the more extra weight a person carries (particularly if obese), the greater the risk that they will develop cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, various cancers, heartburn and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Being underweight can also increase the risk of health problems. Because the body may not be receiving all the nutrients it needs, underweight people can be at an increased risk of infections, developing osteoporosis later in life, decreased muscle strength and fertility problems in women.