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Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight reduces the risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. By maintaining a healthy weight, you also ease stress on your joints, heart and lungs. At IU Health, our primary care physicians help you meet your weight loss goals through high quality, personalized care.

A body mass index (BMI) between 18 and 25 describes a healthy weight for the average person. For example, an adult who is 5 foot 5 inches tall can weigh between 111 and 150 pounds to have a healthy BMI. To calculate your BMI, take your height in inches and square it. Divide your weight in pounds by that number, then multiply by 703 to find out your BMI.

For an easier way to compute your BMI, use our BMI calculator.

Maintaining a healthy weight requires eating a nutritious diet that contains the recommended number of calories and participating in regular physical activity. The number of calories you should eat each day varies depending on your sex, age and activity level, but most adults can eat between 1600 and 2400 calories per day. Adults should also get at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate physical activity each week.

Many conditions, such as diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome and hypothyroidism can make maintaining a healthy weight difficult. If you suffer from these conditions you should work with your primary care physician to manage symptoms so you can achieve a healthy weight. Certain medications, along with diet and exercise, may help manage weight gain caused by these conditions.

Before starting any diet or exercise program, you should consult with your primary care physician. Many diets include unsafe weight loss solutions that may do more harm than good. By working with your physicians you can ensure that you lose weight safely.

IU Health Primary Care physicians serve as your support team. We understand the difficulties of losing weight and will assist you in making a comprehensive plan for weight loss. As part of the state’s only nationally ranked health system, we have access to expert resources on nutrition and exercise. Our primary care physicians will ensure you remain healthy throughout your weight loss journey through regular appointments and monitoring of existing conditions. By providing high-quality care and coordination of weight loss, we help you live a healthier, more active lifestyle.  

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Weight Management Treatment Information

IU Health Primary Care physicians strive to help you meet your wellness goals, including maintaining a healthy weight through the following services:

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Weight Management Support Services

Finding reliable weight management information online can be difficult. The following websites feature comprehensive education on living a healthy lifestyle: