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Using BMI to Determine Obesity

By Edited Feb 25, 2016 0 0

What is the difference between being overweight and being obese? It is simple to know if you are overweight. However, it can be a little more tricky to determine where overweight ends and obesity begins. While it isn't good to be overweight, it can be deadly to be obese. It is important to learn just where you stand so that you can make life changes when necessary. Obesity leads to many medical problems and conditions and often even leads to death. Don't let obesity take your by surprise. Find out where you stand and make the changes you need today.

If you struggle with your weight, you are not alone. In fact, most adults struggle with weight. Did you know that about 2/3 of adults are overweight? Of these overweight adults, many are obese. About 30% of adults are currently obese. This means that you need to focus on your health if you want to stay healthy. Portion sizes are large and activity levels are low. If you want to be a healthy weight, you need to take care of yourself.

A great way to determine if you are overweight or obese is to figure out your BMI. This is a pretty simple process. All you need is your weight and height. Using these two values, you will find a common point on a BMI table. This will provide you with a number which can be used to determine if you have a healthy weight or if you are overweight or obese. You can also divide your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. BMI is the same for both men and women. If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.5 you are considered normal. Overweight is classified as 25 to 29.9 and obese is BMIs of 30 or more. Figure out your BMI and see where you fall in regards to your weight.

Using a BMI calculator is the easiest way to figure out your BMI. There are many great calculators out there that will all the work for you. Google makes a great BMI calculator that will even figure out your BMI from pounds and inches. This makes figuring out your BMI simple. You don't have to figure out your weight in kilograms or your height in meters. Simple calculators will do that for you and simply provide your BMI. This is the most convenient way to figure out where you stand.

If you are overweight, but not obese, don't think that you don't need to worry. Focus on adjusting your weight so that you are never obese. If you are obese work on becoming overweight, and then normal weight. Now is a great time to change your lifestyle and eating habits. You can become healthier. Use your BMI as a tool to determine where you are and where you would like to be. Obesity is a serious problem. Now is a great time to make changes for a healthier life.


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