3. You’re considered obese
A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more is a big-time sign you’re at risk of high blood pressure. That’s especially true if you’re apple-shaped (your weight tends to collect around your waistline) instead of pear-shaped (your weight gathers on your hips and thighs). If the idea of losing 40 or 50 pounds sounds overwhelming, here’s the good news: Even a 10-pound weight loss can reduce your blood pressure. So start small.