Weight above what's considered healthy, often measured using body mass index (BMI). Waist circumference also can be an important measure.


Self-care options include taking in fewer calories, making healthy food choices, and getting more physical activity or exercise. Monitoring weight and keeping a food and activity log also may help.

When to make a doctor's appointment

See a healthcare or nutrition professional if:

  • Advice on nutrition and exercise is needed.
  • Support for changing eating habits is needed.
  • Weight-loss medications might help.
  • Weight-loss surgery is a consideration.