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According to the National Institutes of Health, a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is normal; 25 to 29.9 is overweight; and 30-plus is obese. To calculate BMI, visit Department of Health and Human Services. But take heart. Modest weight loss — 5 to 15 percent of total body weight — greatly reduces risk factors for these ailments.
Sleep apneaNine percent of overweight women get sleep apnea, compared with 1 to 4 percent of normal-weight women. Each unit increase in BMI over 30 increases your risk fourfold.
HeadacheObese women have a 30 percent higher risk of developing chronic headaches.
Macular degeneration, cataracts Overweight and obese women are more than twice as likely to develop eye diseases.
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