What is BMI?

body mass index
BMI is a screening test that adults undergo in order to determine whether they have a healthy or dangerous weight. In full, it is Body mass index, and can be defined as a measurement of body fat and weight in relation to an individual’s height.

How is BMI Measured?

As its definition implies, BMI is a ratio of weight to height squared. You can get your BMI checked by your health care provider who can interpret it well for you. Generally, the ideal range for a person’s BMI should be between 18.5 and 24.9. If your BMI is way below or above this range, it is an indication of potential health risk. A BMI test is however not a conclusive test and before a healthcare provider pronounces you underweight, overweight or even obese, they have to carry out further tests that are more conclusive.


What are the risks of being overweight?

If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you are deemed to be overweight. If it is between 30 and 39.9, you are termed as obese, and anything above 40 deems you to be very obese. Being overweight has always been associated with increased susceptibility to many lifestyle diseases, and the case is no different when the indicator of your excess weight is a BMI test.

When your weight is above what is healthy, your heart becomes overworked and this makes you particularly vulnerable to heart ailments such as heart attacks and high blood pressure. Additionally, having more fat than is enough for your body can make you easy prey for diseases such as type II diabetes, some types of cancer, kidney disease or even stroke. Moreover, being obese can make it pretty hard for you to be active, although this is not a permanent predicament, because there is a lot you can do to shed this excess layers of fat. More importantly, you need to remember that being obese is not a description of who you are as a person; it is just an indicator that you have more weight than you should and it should be a wake-up call for you to do something about that weight. Click here to see a way to combat this unhealthy BMI.

chart for healthy rangeWhat are the risks of being underweight?

Although being skinny is idolized in today’s world, there are risks associated with having less weight than is appropriate for your height. For one thing, being underweight makes you very susceptible to brittle bones. For women, it is associated with iron deficiency, and sometimes, it can lead to absent periods. So before you go on a self- starving spree in the search for a “perfect” body shape and size, take this into consideration too. For the best dieting program and routine, you really should discuss your desire to lose weight with your health-care provider so that you don’t overdo it to the point of compromising your health.


Benefits of having the right weight

If your BMI indicates that you are neither obese nor underweight, you are likely to enjoy the many benefits that come with having the right weight. For one thing, joint and muscle pains will be alien to you. Additionally, you will have reduced risk to heart illnesses and other diseases with obesity or being underweight. Moreover, you will have more energy and be more active. Certainly, this is the best weight range to be at, isn’t it?

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