2 years ago
flymetothemoon
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Explaining Body Mass Index
You Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number that takes into account your height and weight to see if you are under-weight, normal weight, or overweight. BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fat for most people, but keep in mind that it does not directly look at body fat -- it only looks at weight and doesn't distinguish between muscle and fat. A high or low BMI might be an indication of serious health problems. A low BMI may signal malnutrition, while a BMI above 25 is can mean a higher risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease. Here is the break down of BMI scores: Below 18.5 - Underweight 18.5 – 24.9 - Normal 25.0 – 29.9 - Overweight 30.0 and Above - Obese For example, a 5'4" female over 20 years old is considered to be in a healthy range if she weighs from 108-145lbs. Again, this does not include muscle weight, so if you are athletically built, looking fit, and fall into the 'overweight' category, be sure to check your body fat percentage to get a better picture of your body health. Muscle weighs more than fat. Very muscular people, such as heavyweight boxers, weight trainers and athletes, may be a healthy weight even though their BMI is classed as obese. Check your BMI here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html
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While it is important to check your BMI it is much more important to check your body fat percentage.
2 years ago·Reply
@nokcha Though that was my least favorite part of gym class! I remember having to have the pincher-test in middle school and I was mortified.
2 years ago·Reply
I've always had a low BMI compared to how I feel mainly because I have so little muscle haha
2 years ago·Reply
I'm right smack dab in the middle of normal, Woo!
2 years ago·Reply