BMI is a ratio between a person’s weight and height, in other words BMI indicates how much fat is available in human body and been carry around in body.

This number generally indicate whether or bodyweight within is in healthy status and range. The most obvious exceptions occur with your body builder, who has an unusually high amount of heavy muscle on their frame.

The Body Mass Index is a useful tool because of correlations that can be drawn between a person’s BMI and their risk for certain diseases and conditions. A high BMI has been linked to everything from sleep apnea to female infertility, so it’s well worth checking your own BMI to ensure that you remain within healthy limits.

Benefits of Maintaining A Healthy Body Weight:

Maintaining a healthy body weight can protect you from a variety of illnesses. By assessing your body’s healthy weight and maintaining it as much as possible, you will be armed with an additional tool to stay in shape and live longer! Benefits Includes:

  • Reducing the risk of heart disease;
  • Reducing the risk of stroke;
  • Reducing the risks of developing some forms of cancer;
  • Controlling non-insulin dependent diabetes;
  • Relieving back and joint tension;
  • Increasing energy levels;
  • Optimizing the immune system;
  • Reducing the risks of osteoporosis;
  • Reducing infertility risks;
  • Reducing the risk of anaemia;
  • Having more self-esteem;
  • Increasing energy and welfare levels.

Calculation Method

To calculate your BMI, you must divide your weight in kilograms by your height in square metres. Let’s take the example of a person weighing 68 kg and measuring 1.65 metres tall:

Weight (kg) ÷ height (m)2   =   68 kg ÷ (1.65 m)2   =   24.97

Thus, this person has a BMI of 25.

To calculate your waist circumference, you must measure your abdomen at hip height with a tape measure.

Ask your healthcare professional to help you establish your BMI and your waist circumference.

 

Below Are Several Tips To Help You Maintain A Healthy Weight:

  • Make educated food choices. Avoid foods that contain sugar, fats and high calorie levels.
  • Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables.
  • Practise physical activity at least 3 times a week. Walk rather than taking the car whenever possible. Use stairs rather than taking the elevator, etc.
  • Introduce good lifestyle habits, such as drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep, etc.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption.
  • Weigh yourself on a regular basis using a bathroom scale on a flat surface, preferably at the same time of day and without clothing.

What a High BMI Indicates

A BMI that places you in the higher range of overweight or obese tends to be a pretty accurate indication of body fatness. Carrying too much fat increases your risk of early death. High BMI levels usually correlate with an elevated risk of chronic disease, including type-2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, chronic inflammation and depression.

Article By eDokita Team

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