Friday, November 26, 2010

What's My BMI?

Body Mass Index as a Health Risk Indicator

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a numerical value calculated based on your height and weight. It  represents your risk for developing overweight-associated health conditions. 

The higher your BMI, the higher the risk for developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers (including colon, breast, endometrial and gall bladder cancers), heart disease, gall stones, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea (NIH 2010).

BMI Categories:

  • Underweight = <18.5
  • Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
  • Overweight = 25–29.9
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
What's Your BMI?

To calculate your BMI, input your height in inches and weight in pounds to use this handy online BMI calculator from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

If your BMI is greater than 25, view this table to determine what a healthy weight would be for someone of your height. If you're not certain how to lose weight safely, sustainably and permanently, contact your health care practitioner to determine the nutritional, exercise and lifestyle modifications that can help you achieve your goals. Modest, sustainable weight loss can help you enjoy better overall health, energy, stamina, and decrease your risk of serious disease.

Permanent Weight Loss Is Achievable

For more information on how naturopathic medicine can help you achieve your weight loss goals, please   contact me for a free, 15-minute complimentary consultation at my office in Guelph, (519) 822-7075. You CAN feel better!

-Dr. Liz

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