Watch Your Weight and Know Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

From the Calorie Control Council website:

Body Mass Index (BMI) is one of the ways to determine when extra pounds translate into health risks. BMI is a measure which takes into account a person’s weight and height to gauge total body fat in adults. Someone with a BMI of 26 to 27 is about 20 percent overweight, which is generally believed to carry moderate health risks. A BMI of 30 and higher is considered obese. The higher the BMI, the greater the risk of developing additional health problems.

Heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are all linked to being overweight. A BMI of 30 and over increases the risk of death from any cause by 50 to 150 percent, according to some estimates. According to health experts, people who are overweight but have no other health risk factors (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure) should eat healthier and exercise to keep from gaining additional weight. For people who are overweight and also have health risks, they recommend trying to actively lose weight. Be sure to consult your doctor or other health professional before beginning any exercise or weight-loss program.

Obviously, the Body Mass Index is not the end-all-be-all for your health status, but it can be a good quick indicator of where your stand with your weight. Note that many with a muscular build tend to have too high of the BMI scale.

To get a more accurate BMI number, go to Calculate Your BMI.

If you must know, I now have a BMI of 24. For the past few years I’d been hovering just over 25. I stepped up my healthy eating and exercise to get me down to 24. I plan to be below 25 from now on. Good luck to you in your quest for under 25.

Do you know your BMI? Are you surprised by the results?