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Obesity is a huge issue here in the United States, but what is surprising is the rising rate of obesity among males. It is estimated that obesity and lack of exercise are responsible for about 1,000 American deaths each day.

How do you know if you are overweight? The gold standard is BMI, or body mass index, but it doesn’t take into account muscle mass, so it isn’t always accurate for males who have a higher percentage of muscle. You can calculate your BMI by multiplying your weight in pounds by 703 and then dividing this number by your height in inches squared. A person who weighs 220 pounds and is 5 feet 1 inches tall would multiply 220 by 703 and divide that number by 70 times 70, resulting in a BMI of 31.5. A BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight and a BMI over 30 is considered obese.

The issue with obesity is that the resulting Excess body fat increases your risk of developing diabetes. heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, gallstones, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, fatty liver, depression and cancer.

Men may be surprised to learn that obesity takes a particular toll on prostate health, male hormones and sexuality.

Many of the strategies that produce successful weight loss and maintenance will help prevent obesity. Improving your eating habits and increasing physical activity play a vital role in preventing obesity.