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Recently, we’ve received some inquiries from members asking about BMI and felt that it’d be helpful to introduce this handy measure while reacquainting our already knowledgeable users with this topic.

Older terminology, such as “ideal body weight,” has been updated and replaced with a more practical measurement of overweight and obesity: Body Mass Index. BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person's height and weight. Higher BMIs indicate greater risk for developing diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, osteoarthritis, sleep disturbances, stroke and heart disease, among others.

To calculate your BMI

1. Find your height (in inches) on the left column.
2. Follow the row across and find the weight nearest your own.
3. Look at the top of the column and find the number indicating your BMI.

Example: If you are 5’4” (64 inches tall) and weigh 164lbs, your BMI is 28.

What does it mean?
18.5 – 24.9 Healthy
25 – 29.9 Overweight – increased risk of health problems
30 or more Obese – high risk for health problems
40 or more Morbid or severe obesity

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If you are highly active and muscular, your BMI risk level may appear disproportionately high for your actual body fat percentage. In this case, it is recommended that you have a body fat analyses done by either skin fold anthropometry or bioimpedence analyses at a health club or a health care provider’s office.

The larger your waist, the greater the risk.

Independent of BMI, a large waist circumference increases the risk for developing health-related problems. If your BMI is between 25 and 34.9, measure your waist circumference horizontally at the level of your upper hip bone (pelvis), with a paper or cloth measuring tape, the one that tailors use. If your waist is greater than 40 inches (for men) or greater than 35 inches (for women), you have an even higher risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated blood fats, and heart disease compared to people with lower waist circumferences. As you work through this program and lose weight, look forward to seeing an improvement in these health parameters.

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