Published 2 October 2018 | 2 min read
Simply put, obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. BMI is calculated using your weight, height, age and gender. Generally speaking, everyone should aim for a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 to know they are a healthy weight.¹
Obesity is an increasing issue within the general population, and
it’s no different for the haemophilia community, roughly 50% of whom
are estimated to have obesity.² ³ However, obesity can pose specific
risks to people with haemophilia in addition to those it is known to
cause in the general population (high blood pressure, diabetes, heart
problems, etc.). People with haemophilia and obesity are at a higher
risk of additional problems such as:
Staying physically active and having a healthy diet is important to prevent or battle obesity, decrease the risks of such problems. Not only will this help to manage your weight, but it can have a positive impact on joints and overall health in haemophilia!
Our next blog posts this month will focus on practical advice for how to stay active safely, and tips for managing your eating habits in order to maintain a healthy weight.
Speak to your HCP if you are concerned about your weight to get specialist advice on a weight management plan that’s right for you.