Posted by: admin in Articles on November 7th, 2012

Understanding Your Body Mass Index

Body mass index, or BMI, is important to understanding the health consequences your weight has on your body.  Researchers have found that BMI can be directly related to a person’s risk for many diseases.  Because increased weight and obesity have such a profound effect on health, making it the leading cause in preventing many diseases, knowing your BMI is as important as understanding your cholesterol and blood pressure.

You can easily calculate your BMI using your weight and height with the following equation:

  • Multiply your weight x 704.
  • Square your height (in inches).
  • Divide your weight from step 1 by your height in step 2 to determine your BMI.

As an example, a woman weighing 155 pounds who is 5 feet 4 inches tall would calculate her BMI as follows:

  • 155 x 704 = 109120.
  • 64 inches2 = 4096.
  • 109120/4096 = a BMI of 26.6.

According to the World Health Organization, there are three categories of obesity:

  • BMI of 25 – 29.9:  grade 1 obesity (moderately overweight)
  • BMI of 30 – 39.9:  grade 2 obesity (severely overweight)
  • BMI of >40:  grade 3 obesity ( massive/morbid obesity)

A BMI of 27 or higher is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and is generally considered the point at which some form of treatment for obesity is required.  A BMI between 25 and 27 is considered a warning sign and may warrant intervention, especially in the presence of additional risk factors, such as diabetes or cardiovascular conditions.  To calculate you target BMI, use the following formula:

  • Desired BMI x height squared/704 = goal weight.*

*(Reprinted with permission of the American Chiropractic Association).

No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or tools contained within to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by the doctor or other licensed health care professional.
Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.