If you’re thinking about losing weight, then you’ll probably have come across the term BMI. What is your BMI and how do you measure it?
Knowing what you weight isn’t always enough by itself to tell you whether you are overweight. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a simple tool that was developed to help people find out if they have a healthy weight for their height. As long as you know how tall you and how much you weigh, you can work out your BMI to find out if you are overweight.
Measuring your BMI is one of the first things that your doctor will do if you ask for advice on weight loss. If you’re considering weight loss surgery, your BMI is one of the criteria that will be used to judge your suitability for the procedure. Measuring your BMI is also something that you can do for yourself at home.
You will need:
Once you have everything ready you should follow these steps:
The value of your BMI probably won’t mean much to you. How do you know if it is higher or lower than it should be?
You will need to compare it to the following ranges:
In most cases, a healthy BMI should be in the range 18.5 to 24.9. However, there are a couple of exceptions. If you are Asian, then your BMI should be a little lower to be healthy, with a normal range between 18.5 and 22.9. This is because the risk of obesity-linked conditions such as diabetes is higher in people from Asian backgrounds. Some people can also be healthy with a higher BMI, but this is really only the case for serious athletes who have a large amount of muscle. The BMI is a good guide for most people to know if they are overweight.
If your BMI is over 24.9 then you should consider making some lifestyle changes to improve your health, especially if it fell into the obese or morbidly obese range.
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