Understanding BMI for a Healthy Weight
What is a healthy weight? Many people feel frustrated with this as it is not a simple subject that you can get answers from a beauty magazine. Understanding BMI for a healthy weight is not a one size fits all subject. Assessing healthy BMI weight is very unique to each individual.
Risks of Having an Unhealthy BMI
Having an unhealthy weight, whether you are carrying extra weight or are underweight, can increase your risk for certain illnesses.
For example, according to the CDC, if you are overweight or obese, you increase your chance of having one or more of the following illnesses:
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 Diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Gallbladder problems
- Coronary heart disease
- Sleep apnea and other breathing problems
- Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of joint cartilage and bone)
- Depression, anxiety
On the other hand, being underweight can also carry many risks such as:
- Chronic fatigue
- Irregular periods
- Premature births
- Skin, hair, and tooth problems
- Reduce immune function (you can get sick more often)
- Heart disease
What is BMI?
BMI stands for Body Mass Index. Doctors and trainers use it to determine how much body fat you have based on your height and weight. They use a simple formula to calculate if you have a low, normal, or high body fat percentage.
Use this simple Adult BMI Calculator to determine your BMI.
Interpreting your BMI results
The CDC uses the following guidelines to interpret BMI calculations:
- A BMI under 18.5 indicates you are underweight
- A BMI between 18.5 and under 25 means you have a healthy weight
- A BMI higher between 25.0 and under 30 falls within the overweight category
- A BMI over 30 is considered Obese
Moreover, there are three categories within the obesity BMI range:
- Class 1: Includes BMI of 30 to under 35
- Class 2: Includes BMI within the ranges of 35 to under 40
- Class 3: Involves any BMI over 40.
Class 3 obesity is also known as “severe” or morbid obesity.
The Importance of Knowing Your BMI
Obesity has become a public health issue in recent decades. In Texas, data shows that an estimated 35.8% of adults are obese.
Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing chronic conditions and reduces your life expectancy
Studies show that the life expectancy for individuals with a BMI of 40 or higher is significantly lower than people with normal body weight. According to the findings, obesity can reduce life expectancy in men by up to 20 years and five years for obese women.
Achieving Your Ideal Weight in a Healthy and Sustainable Way
The best way to improve your overall health and reduce your risk of developing chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes and heart disease is to maintain a healthy weight.
Regardless of whether you are underweight or overweight, the safest way to achieve and maintain your ideal weight is to seek the help of a medical professional.
Fad and crash diets are risky, and they are not sustainable. You are likely to gain the weight back within months, and chances are you will gain more than what you lost.
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Our plans can help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight to help you live and enjoy your life to the fullest.
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