June 17, 2011

How Does Your Weight Stack Up?

weightToday health care providers use a measure called BMI, short for Body Mass Index. This gives a good measure of your total body fat. BMI compares your height and weight. It shows if you are underweight, at a healthy weight or overweight. Check out what your

BMI is by using the BMI calculator.
BMI Category
Below 18.5 Underweight
Between 18.5-24.9 Healthy Weight
Between 25-29.9 Overweight
Over 30 Obese
Over 40 Extreme Obesity

Look at the BMI chart to find out how much weight you need to lose to move from obese to overweight or from overweight into a healthy range. Knowing this can help you set a good weight loss goal.

An Apple or a Pear?
Did you know that being an apple shape — more fat around your middle, rather than a pear shape — more fat around your hips; puts you at greater risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease? Another measure you can take is your waist circumference — how far it is
around your waist. Just take a tape measure (flexible soft one is best) and place it snugly (not tight) around your waist. Compare the length around your waist to the number below. If the length of your waist is to the same or bigger than the numbers below, you have too much weight around your waist.
Waist Circumference:
Men: over 40 inches
Women: over 35 inches

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