BMI chart

November 12, 2012

BMI chart

In the busy and hectic world that we currently live in, it can be hard to keep track of our health and weight. An easy way to do so however is with the BMI chart.

Heath and the BMI chart

Maintaining good health depends on a number of factors. We need regular physical activity such as exercise, a balanced and nutritional diet as well as positive state of mind. Whilst carrying out all of these factors, it is important that we keep an eye on our actual health and percentage of body fat. We can do this using the BMI chart. BMI stands for body mass index, therefore a BMI chart is a tool that can be used to identify our body mass in relation to height and weight and will enable us to determine roughly what percentage of our body weight is fat. Exactly where on the BMI chart your results come out will reveal whether you are underweight, healthy weight, over weight or obese. A doctor can help you to work out your BMI or you can do it yourself from home and present the results to your doctor. He or she will then be able to explain what the results suggest about your overall health and whether or not there are any areas of concern.

High BMI

In today’s society, keeping track of ones health is a priority that tends to get pushed aside in place of work and family commitments. However, a high BMI can have a number of serious implications to your health that can make daily routine and activities harder and more tiring than you once found them. Not only does a high BMI suggest that the individual is over weight but it also likely that they will have a high bad cholesterol level and are at an increased risk of health problems such as heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Using a BMI chart can help to determine whether or not you at risk of such health problems and if so should encourage you to make certain lifestyle changes in an attempt to lower your BMI. The BMI chart does have some flaws such as it does not take into account muscle mass but can be used as a general tool when accompanied with some common sense to give a rough idea of each individuals ideal weight.

Calculating your BMI

One of the great advantages of the BMI chart is its ease of use as all it requires is some simple mathematics. Once you have your results you can plot it on the BMI chart, which consists of weight on the horizontal axis and height on the vertical axis. A doctor will be able to read the results and explain to you what it suggests about your health and what changes if any are required. Making it even easier, there are now online tools available to help you calculate your BMI. Typically those with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. Greater than that is considered obese and below 18.9 is considered underweight although the numbers vary depending on whether you are male or female and there is a separate BMI chart to use depending on your gender.

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