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Do You Know Your BMI?

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BMI stands for body mass index; it is used as a way to calculate how much body fat a person has.  It is important for you to find out your current BMI  because just knowing your current weight won’t tell you if you are completely healthy.  

 

It is also important to test your children’s BMI to help America stop the fight against obesity.  According to Myoptumhealth.com seven in 10 overweight children ages 10-13 will likely have weight problems as adults.

 

If your BMI is too high, you may be at risk for chronic health problems such as; high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, gallbladder disease, etc.

 

BMI Formula:

 

According to Diane Griffith, staff writer for myoptumhealth.com, the formula for calculating your BMI is:

 

BMI= (Weight in pounds ÷ Height in Inches ÷ Height in Inches) x 703

 

For example if someone weighed 150 pounds  and was 5 foot 7 inches you would take:  (150÷ 67÷ 67) x 703= 23.49

 

Therefore their BMI would be: 23.49

 

Are you curious as to how you can convert your height into inches?  Visit: http://www.ehow.com/how_5369428_calculate-height-inches.html

 

So, what is a healthy BMI?

 

According to WebMD.com:

  • Underweight: Below 18.5
  • Healthy: 18.5- 24.9
  • Overweight: 25- 29.9
  • Obese: Above 30

 

Find out your BMI using this BMI calculator: http://www.webmd.com/diet/calc-bmi-plus

 

Ways towards a healthier BMI:

  • Talk to your doctor before you start any weight loss programs
  • Set realistic weight-loss goals
  • Increase your physical activity level
  • Know what you are eating: reduce your calorie intake
  • Track your daily diet and exercise regime

 

Knowing your children’s BMI:

 

Did you know that 1 in  3 children in America are now considered overweight or obese?  Help us stop this growing rate!

 

How do you calculate children’s BMI?  Is it different than adults?  For more information about children’s BMI, please visit:

 

http://www.myoptumhealth.com/portal/Information/item/Ask+About+Your+Child%27s+%27BMI%27?archiveChannel=Home%2FArticle&remBrdCrumb=true

 

A children’s BMI calculator:

 

http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit/nutrition/bmi_charts.html?tracking=P_RelatedArticle

 

Note: You should have your child’s BMI checked yearly after the age of 2!

 

Guys, I can NOT stress enough how important it is for you to watch your BMI, you have one body, so take care of it!

 

Sources:

 

http://www.myoptumhealth.com/portal/Information/item/What’s+Your+BMI%3F+It’s+Important?archiveChannel=Home%2FArticle&clicked=true

 

http://www.webmd.com/diet/calc-bmi-plus

 

 http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit/nutrition/bmi_charts.html?tracking=P_RelatedArticle

 

http://www.myoptumhealth.com/portal/Information/item/Ask+About+Your+Child%27s+%27BMI%27?archiveChannel=Home%2FArticle&remBrdCrumb=true

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