Assessing Your Health With Body Mass Index and Waist Circumference


Obesity is a problem for too many people nowadays. Aside from not looking good, it will give you a lot of health problems. Assessing your weight is a good start before starting any actions. Determining both your present body mass index and weight circumference and your ideal body mass index and weight circumference is recommended so that you can compare results and know the type of exercise you will be executing.

When we talk about body mass index, it is not just to focused on the weight that will be obtained but also the height. BMI chart There is a need for an equal distribution of body fat that is why body mass index is relevant in assessing the health risk. To obtain your body mass index, you must divide your weight in kilograms over your height in meters squared or BMI= kg/m2. The result should be between 18.5 and 24.9. More than that would be obese and lesser than that would be underweight. Body mass index is applicable to male and female. One must also assess that if the person is an athlete, BMI might overestimate body fats. Being older can also underestimate the body fat.

Waist Circumference
Assessing your waist circumference can also be a help towards identifying the possible health problems. Fats around the waist can lead to a cardiac problem or diabetes. Excess fats in the waist can be crucial as it may lead to diseases. Waist circumference can be measured by a tape measure. Males should have 40 inches and females must have 35 inches. If you happen to have a waist line of greater than the normal range or lesser than it, it will pose a greater risk of having the said diseases.

Risk factors Associated with Obesity
Cardiac diseases and diabetes are associated with obesity and other risk factors. It includes high blood pressure, high LDL and low HDL cholesterol. Basically, an increase in LDL or the bad cholesterol can clog the arteries. It will increase the blood pressure which causes certain cardiac diseases such as coronary artery diseases and more. The increase in blood sugar in the blood can contribute to diabetes. Diabetes can lead to complications in the heart. Unfortunately, diabetes is not treatable – it can only be controlled. Physical inactivity and cigarette smoking can be devastating. A sedentary lifestyle will give you excess fats and these fats will impede the circulation of the blood. Habitual smoking can also narrow the arteries which will constrict it thus giving a high blood pressure.

We must be able to check on our health and do the right thing: by eating the right kind of food and by exercising everyday.

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