By Barbara McKenna, Capital Blue Care Guide
& Registered Nurse
Stop by Capital Blue for your free biometric screening on September 24 & 30th!
Most people have some idea of what BMI or body mass index measures but are a little fuzzy on the specifics. Simply put, BMI indicates whether your weight and body fat are at a healthy level. It’s calculated by taking your weight in pounds divided by your height in inches then multiplied by 703. Too much math! (Use our biometric machine at Capital Blue! You will get an accurate BMI number and so much more.)
The WHO (World Health Organization) classifications for BMI are:
18.5 to 24.9 Healthy Weight
BMI is reliable for most people with a few exceptions. Women with the same BMI number as a man tend to have more body fat. Older people, on average, have more body fat than younger people, and highly trained athletes have high BMIs because of increased muscularity, not because of excess fat. Still, BMI is an inexpensive, generally reliable way to track an individual or population trend.
The good news is that by simply standing on our machine, entering in your age, sex and gender you can get a much more detailed reading and not have to do any calculations. You get a ticket that shows your results and your recommended ranges. Your results will show height, weight, BMI, body fat percentage and the actual amount of fat mass you are carrying. After you get your measurements, one our Care Guides can go over your numbers with you.
If your BMI is in the overweight or obese range, it’s a warning that you may be at risk for a number of weight-related diseases including heart disease, hypertension, type-2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and even certain cancers. Of course your doctor, who knows your health and your family history, is the best one to advise you on any health matter.
The great thing about knowing your numbers is that, aside from genetics, the other contributing factors are in your control. Stopping smoking, losing weight, becoming more active, eating a healthier diet and taking steps to reduce your stress may decrease your BMI and increase your health!
Come check your BMI – it may be the push you need to get moving in a better direction OR you may be pleasantly surprised to find you are heading down the right path!
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