You might be surprised at what the research between weight and health really shows. There is actually very little support for losing weight as a health strategy outside of the statistical extremes. In some cases, extra weight is actually predictive of longevity!
This “must read” round up of the research supports intuitive eating and health at every size (HAES) approaches.
Current guidelines recommend that “overweight” and “obese” individuals lose weight through engaging in lifestyle modification involving diet, exercise and other behavior change. Concern has arisen that this weight focus is not only ineffective at producing thinner, healthier bodies, but may also have unintended consequences, contributing to food and body preoccupation, repeated cycles of weight loss and regain, distraction from other personal health goals and wider health determinants, reduced self-esteem, eating disorders, other health decrement, and weight stigmatization and discrimination.