Risk of Obesity - How to Calculate Your Body Mass Index

Risk of Obesity - How to Calculate Your Body Mass Index - Health science and nutrition has experienced tremendous development in the past decade. They are still developing at a very fast pace. 

Sometimes, it is rather difficult to find out what information is valid because some recent case studies can sometimes conflict with the previous one.

Risk of Obesity - How to Calculate Your Body Mass Index


However, when it comes to the relationship between being overweight and some health-related risks, various independent studies seem to agree or have the same basic conclusions over the past few decades.

How to Find Out are You Overweight?


Let me show you an easy way to calculate your weight; it's called BMI (Body Mass Index). This is a measurement tool that compares your height with your body weight and gives you an indication of whether you are overweight, lack of weight, or a healthy weight for your height.

Here is the formula: Weight in Kilogram / (Height in Meters) x (Height in Meters).

In other words, you divide your weight (in kg) by your height (in m) squared.

For example, if you weigh 85kg and your height is 1.8m; Your BMI = 26.23.

The Following Table is a Rough Classification:


- A BMI of less than 18.5 means you are underweight.
- BMI between 18.6 and 24.99 shows you are in a healthy weight.
- BMIs between 25 and 29.99 show you are overweight for your height.
- BMI between 30 and 34.99 shows obesity (grade 1)
- BMI between 35 and 39.99 shows obesity (grade 2)
- BMI 40 and above shows Extreme Obesity!

Risk of Obesity for Health


Most people agree that being overweight will increase the risk of many diseases and health Conditions. These include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, osteoarthritis, gall bladder disease, respiratory problems, colon cancer, breast cancer, liver damage, etc.

BMI is a good benchmark for you to assess whether you are at high risk of a potential health problem. If you are on the lower end of the BMI scale, you have a low risk of health. But for those closer to a higher BMI scale, there is a higher risk of health.

For example, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance syndromes are often associated with people who have excessive fat deposits around the stomach and stomach (or abdominal obesity). 

Women whose waist circumference is 35 inches or more are considered to have abdominal obesity. For men, it is 40 inches or more.

Excess body fat is a factor known to contribute to narrowing of blood vessels and clots that can cause strokes and heart attacks. Excess body fat also causes an increase in blood pressure (hypertension).

Another common health problem that is always associated with obesity is type 2 diabetes. Of course, genetic factors will contribute to type 2 diabetes but according to most studies, the risk is doubled for those who are obese or experience rapid weight gain, say 10-20 lbs.

Although there are many other genetic and environmental elements that can contribute to higher health risks, excessive body fat is always a big factor that contributes to serious health problems.

Actually, if we discuss excessive weight, we are not talking about appearance, but this is a health problem

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