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When your doctor says you are "overweight," you are at higher risk for serious illnesses, such as heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Also, being overweight and having increased abdominal fat is closely linked to type 2 diabetes.

From: Overweight Teens WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health'sWeight-control Information Network. U.S. Department of Agriculture's mypyramid: "Steps to a Healthier You."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health'sWeight-control Information Network. U.S. Department of Agriculture's mypyramid: "Steps to a Healthier You."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

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