You Are What Your Plate Size Tells You to Eat

You are what your plate size tells you to eat

What does it mean?

A person’s body weight determines how much food they consume daily. If someone is overweight, their body will store more calories than if they were normal weight. When someone eats a large meal, their body stores extra energy from the meal. This excess energy is stored in the form of fat cells. People with high body weights tend to have higher levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides. These types of people tend to gain weight over time because they don’t burn off all the extra calories from meals as quickly as other people do.

A person’s body mass index (BMI) measures a person’s height and weight relative to their age group. BMI values range between 18.5 and 25, which indicates obesity or overweight.

For example, a person with a BMI of 30 would be considered obese.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recommends that adults should aim to maintain a healthy weight of no greater than 20 percent above their ideal body weight. To lose weight, individuals should reduce calorie intake by 500 calories per day for women and 1,000 calories per day for men.

They can achieve these goals through dieting or exercising regularly. To maintain a healthy weight, they should consume between 1,200 and 1,800 calories per day.

The body mass index (BMI), which is the ratio of a person’s weight relative to their height, can be used to determine if a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines adult BMI categories as follows:

BMI Classification BMI Level Underweight Less than 18.5 Normal Weight 18.5-24.9 Overweight 25.0-29.9 Obese 30.0 or greater

Obesity and BMI Linked to a Higher Risk of Cancer

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that having a high BMI is linked to an increased risk of cancer. The following table provides information on the risk of certain types of cancer for people with certain BMIs:

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Cancer Type Obesity (BMI30+) Normal Weight (BMI18.5-24.9) Decreased Risk Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Low Endometrial Cancer Decreased Risk Late-Stage Prostate Cancer Endometrial & Kidney Cancer High Risk Gallbladder Cancer Stomach cancer Colon-Rectum Cancers High Risk Pancreatic Cancer

Risks of Obesity

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides information on the health risks that are most closely tied to obesity. These include:

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