Are You at Risk?
Determining your Body Mass Index (BMI) is probably the most accurate way to measure how healthy your weight is, and for most people, BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness.
BMI is a number calculated using a person’s height and weight, and is used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems for adults. It is important to note, however, that BMI is not a diagnostic tool. Some people have high BMI, but to find out if the excess weight poses risks to your health you should consult a physician.
The BMI ranges are based on the relationship between body weight and disease. People with higher BMI are at greater risk for certain diseases and other health issues including:
- High Cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon)
If your BMI is 25 or over, talk to your physician about starting a regular exercise program and ways you can improve your diet.