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Maintain a healthy weight( Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times )
Weight also correlates with heart disease. Too much fat — especially around the waist — increases the risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Body mass index is a measure of weight relative to height. Though it's an imperfect measure of a healthy weight, it does a good job of correlating with body fat. To calculate BMI, multiply your weight (in pounds) by 703, and divide that number by the square of your height (in inches). The AHA recommends a BMI below 25.
Calculator: Body mass index (BMI) (AHA)
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