Understanding Your BMI is Important to Your Health
The Secret to a Healthy Weight – Cracking the BMI Code
Several factors can increase our risk of developing certain illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Amongst these, we have our cholesterol levels, our blood pressure, blood sugar, and our body mass index or BMI.
The Body Mass Index is perhaps the least known of these risk factors, for this reason, and in honor of this year’s Healthy Weight Week, we will be looking at what BMI is, and why it’s essential to our health.
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body mass index (BMI) is a way to measure body fat based on the height and weight of an individual. It’s calculated using a simple mathematical formula:
BMI = Kg/M2
Where Kg is a person’s weight in kilograms and M2 is their height in meters squared.
What Does Your BMI Mean?
The BMI expresses the relationship between your height and your weight in a single number allowing physicians and trainers to determine the amount of body fat you are carrying.
It’s important to know that the use of the body mass index measure is not recommended for bodybuilders or athletes who have a high muscle mass, pregnant women, children or the elderly.
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers:
a healthy BMI to be between 18.5 and 24.9, a person who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is deemed to be overweight, and anyone with a BMI higher than 30 is considered obese.
These measurements are the same for both adult men and women.
Why Is Knowing Your BMI Important?
According to the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS),
Chances are you might be aware of having a few extra pounds, but did you know that:
- The risk of developing health problems, including several chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, rises progressively for BMIs above 21 as does the risk of dying early.
- Middle-aged women and men who gained 11 to 22 pounds after age 20 were up to three times more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and gallstones than those who gained five pounds or fewer.
- A recent analysis of Nurses’ Health Study data found that adult weight gain-even after menopause can increase the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.
What Can You Do to Reduce Your Risk of Disease?
Studies have identified the risk factors of being overweight or obese, but, other studies have determined that by losing weight in a healthy way these factors diminish.
This means that by losing the extra weight, you can improve your overall health and reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes type 2 and heart disease.
The key, however, is to lose weight in a controlled, healthy way, this means avoiding the latest fad-diet and those harmful diet pills.
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