The MS healthy weight challenge

Reaching a healthy weight is a challenge for many of us – over 50% of Canadians are overweight or obese. And people with multiple sclerosis (MS) may find it even harder.

On average, people with MS are about 25 pounds heavier than the average person. Why? The fatigue caused by MS can shut down your exercise plans and make it hard to cook healthy meals. Plus, steroid treatment for MS relapses can lead to weight gain.

But the good news is that you can do something about it. Taking steps to manage your weight will help improve your overall health. It can also help you:

  • avoid MS complications (such as pressure sores or blood clots)
  • manage MS fatigue (eating a few heavy meals per day can make fatigue worse)
  • reduce the risk of certain causes of disability (less weight means less stress on the joints, heart, and lungs)
  • do your daily activities more easily
  • avoid other illnesses
  • feel better about yourself

Don't lose heart if your ideal weight seems to be a long way off! Even losing just 10 pounds can give you a health boost. Take the healthy weight challenge today, and see what you can do to get closer to your desired weight. Read "Taming your weight: How to get started" for tips on how to get started.

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