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BODY MASS INDEX

What is your BMI?

Body mass index, or BMI, is used to determine whether you are in a healthy weight range for your height.

BMI has been used for many years by health care professionals to classify a person’s weight in relation to their height. Studies have shown that BMI levels correlate with body fat and with future health risks, therefore BMI is an appropriate measure for screening for obesity and health risks.

BMI does have clinical limitations because it is a measure of excess weight rather than excess body fat. Also, BMI does not distinguish between excess fat, muscle, or bone mass, nor does it provide any indication of the distribution of fat among individuals.

The BMI scale is not always a good indicator as to whether someone needs to lose weight. Your healthy weight depends on several factors including your general health, height, muscle-fat ratio, bone density, gender, age and even ethnicity.

How do you determine your ideal weight?

BMI is a well accepted measure of a person’s health risk in relation to their weight, however health  professionals now consider BMI in conjunction with waist measurements to provide a much clearer picture of an individual’s weight related disease risk. The reason is that if you carry excess abdominal (belly) fat, you may carry an excess of visceral fat. This is fat stored within the abdominal cavity which is therefore stored around a number of important internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines.

What is your waist measurements?

There are 2 measures you can check, Waist Circumference and Waist to Hip Ratio.

Waist Circumference – is a simple measure of whether you’re carrying body fat around your middle. The larger your waist circumference measurement the higher your risk of weight related disease.

Waist to height ratio (WHR) – is a measure of your waist in relation to your height and is an indication of the distribution of body fat. The ideal waist to height ratio is that your waist measurement should be no more than half of your height measurement.

 

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