What’s a BMI?

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.bmi-for-men-and-women
  • 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
    • bmi-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!

 

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