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BODY MASS INDEX

At what point is one considered obese? Or underweight? Or healthy? The BMI (Body Mass Index) chart will tell you where you stand. This tool uses your height and weight to determine how healthy you are.

photo source: www.caloriecontrol.org

What this means is that if you have a BMI of:

* less than 16, you're extremely underweight, or anorexic
* 16-20, you're underweight
* 20-24 is healthy
* 25-29.99 overweight
* 30+ is obese


Some problems with being overweight/obese include risks of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, and stroke.

According to www.caloriecontrol.org, "A BMI of 30 and over increases the risk of death from any cause by 50 to 150 percent, according to some estimates. According to health experts, people who are overweight but have no other health risk factors (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure) should eat healthier and exercise to keep from gaining additional weight. For people who are overweight and also have health risks, they recommend trying to actively lose weight."

Some problems with being underweight include osteoporosis, dehydration, amenorrhea for women, altered heart problems. Dental/gum problems and ruptured stomach can also be a problem, especially if one is inducing vomiting.

However, not taken into consideration are people who are built with large muscle mass, different frames, or gender. BMI chart should also not be used for children and teens (it is an adult chart), pregnant or nursing women (since they need more fat than they would normally need), and athletes/body builders since they have a lot of muscle mass. People over 65 should also not use the BMI chart because having a BMI of over 30 at this age can be a useful energy reserve in case of illness.

Caloriecontrol.org suggests measuring your Waist Circumference (WC) in addition to Body Mass Index. You can read more about WC here

Get your BMI
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