Body Mass Index.
- So what’s a body mass index?
- Simply, it’s a number that puts you in a category of under weight, healthy weight, over weight, or obese.
- How do you find it?
- The equation is: (height(lbs) x 703) / (weight(in) squared)
- Or you can click here
- Or you can use this fancy chart
- So why is it important?
- Your BMI can let you know if you’re at a healthy weight.
- Why keep a healthy weight?
- Fewer joint and muscle pains, increased energy, improved regulation of bodily fluids and blood pressure, better circulatory system use, improved sleep patterns, decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.
- So is BMI the most important thing in your life to know?
- Heck no. But why?
- Imagine my father-in-law. He’s 6’1″ and weighs 218lbs. According to his BMI, he is overweight. But what is his profession? He’s a security guard, so he works out every day. He’s in shape and pretty healthy. BMI doesn’t distinguish between your muscle mass and your fat mass.
- In conclusion…
- BMI is important in the general population
- It can help to show if you’re in the at risk population for being underweight, overweight, or obese.
- It can be used to keep track of your weight loss or weight gain.
- So yes, it’s important to know!