f you"re in the obese category, you need to lose weight. If you"re overweight, it depends. Do you have two or more of these risk factors? If so, it"s important for you to lose weight, too.
- Smoking cigarettes
- High blood pressure
- High LDL, or "bad," cholesterol
- Low HDL, or "good," cholesterol
- High triglycerides
- Family history of early heart disease
- Lack of physical activity
If you"re overweight but don"t have any of these risk factors, just make sure you don"t gain any more pounds.