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Maintaining a Healthy Weight

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Being overweight increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. In fact, blood pressure rises as body weight increases. Losing even 10 pounds can lower blood pressure — and it has the greatest effect for those who are overweight and already have hypertension.

Being overweight or obese are also risk factors for heart disease. They increase your chance for developing high blood cholesterol and diabetes — two more major risk factors for heart disease.

 Am I Overweight?
 Should I Lose Weight?
 How Can I Lose Weight?
 Test Your Healthy Weight IQ
 Tips for Dining Out
 Ethnic Food Choice
 Healthy Shopping
 Low Calorie Alternatives
 Guide to Behavior Change

For more information, visit the "Aim for a Healthy Weight" page on the NHLBI website.

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