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Understanding Body Mass Index (BMI)

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Understanding Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI, what is it exactly? How is it used? Is it accurate? These are all very good questions which will be cleared up as you keep reading. BMI stands for Body Mass Index which is based on your height and weight. Even though it is a way to determine or estimate healthy body weight, it doesn't determine what your percentage of body fat is. So this causes so many problems because a person who is athletic and muscular may have a higher BMI but much lower fat compared to someone who is unfit. So for the "average person" the BMI calculator is a useful indicator in determining obesity.

People can become obese for many different reasons. Some include consuming too many calories compared to calories burned, leading a sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep, disruptions with the metabolism, medications and stopping a smoking addiction.

When a person lives an unhealthy lifestyle; this can lead to problems with weight and a shorter life-span. There are other problems associated with obesity like diabetes, bone and cartilage degeneration, coronary heart disease, gallbladder disease, high blood pressure, stroke and respiratory problems. These are just a short list of some of the problems that obesity can cause in the long run.

BMI is one of the tools that can help a doctor determine if you're obese. If your BMI is above 18.5 you would be considered overweight, and if your BMI is over 25.0 you would be considered obese. At this point, a doctor would instruct you get healthy calories and increase your activity level to help cut your BMI down so you won't become predisposed to chronic diseases in the long-run. Remember, prevention is the best form of medicine and it's less expensive to live healthy than to medicate for a disease you could have prevented.

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BMI, what is it exactly? How is it used? Is it accurate? These are all very good questions which will be cleared up as you keep reading. BMI stands for Body Mass Index which is based on your height and weight. Even though it is a way to determine or estimate healthy body weight, it doesn't...

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