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Your BMI is not TMI!

  |  Chris

 

We run into a lot of TMI, “Too Much Information” in our daily lives, but your BMI, “Body Mass Index” is certainly not too much information!

Your Body Mass Index is simply a formula used to give an estimate of your body fat based on your height and weight. BMI is not necessarily the final word though as there are some slight variances, however it is the standard tool used to judge your body weight and the amount of fat you have. To calculate your BMI you divide your weight by your height squared then multiply by 703. {weight÷(height²)×703}

Your BMI is definitely needed information because it’s usually a very good predictor of whether or not you’re at risk for certain diseases.

Here are the standard weight categories with BMI ranges for adults:

BMI Weight Category
Below 18.5   Underweight
18.5 – 24.9   Normal
25.0 – 29.9   Overweight
30.0 and up   Obese

An example for an adult is: someone who is 5’6 (66in) and weights 130lbs has a BMI of 20.9 and is in the normal range. 130÷66²×703=20.9

 

 

BMI is calculated the same way for children and teenagers, however, the way it’s interpreted is different than for adults. The way that it’s interpreted for children is by age and sex specific percentages. The reasons for this is, in children the amount of body fat changes with age and the body fat amount differs between boys and girls.

As mentioned above there are certain variances when it comes to BMI. Those variances should be considered when it comes to people who have larger muscle mass, i.e. body builders and competitive athletes. Those individuals will have a BMI that’s not in the normal range. The other variance would be if you’re pregnant or lactating, under those circumstances you will not have a normal BMI.

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Body Mass Index and your Health

If your BMI is in the overweight or obese category you will have an increased risk for many diseases:

→ High blood pressure           → High cholesterol & unhealthy blood lipids

→ Heart disease                    → Gastro esophageal reflux

→ Type 2 diabetes                 → Urinary stress incontinence

→ Sleep apnea                      → Female infertility

→ Osteoarthritis                    → Endometrial, breast, & colon cancers

→ Stroke

To combat these diseases and health conditions it is highly recommended that you engage in healthy weight loss as soon as possible to decrease your risk. Even a modest reduction in your weight will make a significant difference in your susceptibility to these health problems.

So commit yourself to reaching that “normal” range. (18.5-24.9) There is nothing magical about it, Weight Reduction=Risk Reduction, and lowering your BMI will put you on the path to good health and a longer life.

 

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