BMI & weight loss Know your weight to calculate your mass…

Introduction

OverweightDid you know that in the USA, alone, about 66 percent of adults are either overweight or obese? How do you know if you are among them? A simple measure called body mass index (BMI) provides useful estimates of overweight, obesity, and body fat distribution. BMI is used to broadly define different weight groups in adults 20 years old or older. The same groups apply to both men and women.

 

Understanding BMI

body-fat-measurement-bmiBMI is a number based on your weight and height. BMI measures your weight in relation to your height, and it is closely associated with measures of body fat. In general, the higher the number, the more body fat a person has. BMI is used by healthcare professionals to screen for overweight and obese individuals and to assess a patient’s health risk.

BMI is a way of checking body “fatness” for most people. It’s not absolutely accurate and there are many other things to consider, but your BMI basically helps you know whether you’re at a healthy weight. However, a person’s BMI score is not the only tool used by healthcare professionals to assess health risk. They also consider waist circumference, blood pressure, and cholesterol level, and blood sugar level, family history of disease, physical activity, and cigarette smoking when assessing a patient’s health risk.

 

BMI classification

BMI_classificationAs per BMI’s classification, your weight can fall into one of the following categories:

Underweight: BMI is less than 18.5

Normal weight: BMI is 18.5 to 24.9

Overweight: BMI is 25 to 29.9

Obese: BMI is 30 or more

These readings are very important with respect to your overall health risk and body weight.

For example,

If your BMI is above 25:

If_your_BMI_is_above_25If you are overweight (BMI over 25) and physically inactive, you may develop:

• Cardiovascular (heart and blood circulation) disease

• Gall bladder disease

• High blood pressure (hypertension)

• Diabetes

• Osteoarthritis

• Certain types of cancer, such as colon and breast cancer

 

If your BMI is below 20:

underweightIf you are underweight (BMI less than 20), you may be malnourished and develop:

• Compromised immune function

• Respiratory disease

• Digestive disease

• Cancer

• Osteoporosis

• Increased risk of falls and fractures.

 

When to lose weight on the basis of BMI?

When_to_lose_weight_on_the_basis_of_BMIYou should talk to your health care provider about losing weight if:

Your BMI is 30 or above

Your BMI is between 25 and 30 and you have two or more of the health problems listed above or / and a family history of heart disease or diabetes,

 

Conclusion

Talk to your doctor and have him or her evaluate your BMI, waist circumference, and other risk factors. Ask your doctor if you are at an increased risk for disease and if you should lose weight. Remember, even a small weight loss can help to lower your risk of developing certain diseases. 

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