Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How to Determine BMI Without Seeing a Doctor

Simplified graph of body mass index

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Posted on October 26th, 2010 Category - Weight Loss

Heart disease, high blood, arthritis, diabetes, indigestion, gallstones, cancers, snoring, stress, anxiety and depression are the most common problems when a person becomes overweight.

If you want to know your weight and determine it if it is healthy weight, overweight, obese and morbidly obese you would need the following: Kilograms or Weigh Scales and a Meter. These are the things needed to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI) or Quetelet index.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a heuristic measure of body weight based on a person’s weight and height. Though it does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, it is used to estimate a healthy body weight based on a person’s height, assuming an average body composition. Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, it is the most widely used diagnostic tool to identify weight problems within a population, usually whether individuals are underweight, overweight or obese.

It was invented between 1830 and 1850 by the Belgian Polymath Adolfe Quetelet during the course of developing “social physics”, and defined it as the individual’s body weight divided by the square of his or her height.

The mechanics: Take your weight in kilograms then divide it by your height in meters and when you get the result divide your height in meters again. Sample: your weight is 150kls, your height is 2.5 meters = 150/2.5=60/2.5=24. Your total weight is 24.

The Body Mass Index for a Healthy Weight is from 20 to 24; for the Body Mass Index for an Overweight is from 25 to 29; for the Body Mass Index for an Obese is from 30 to 39; while for the Body Mass Index for the Morbidly Obese is 40 plus.

Consider the Doctor’s advised: Avoid eating more calories than you use in your daily activity because the excess calories will be stored as Fat and weight increases. Eat healthy breakfast. Cut down on coffee and tea.  Instead, try the lingzhi coffee and lingzhi tea – they are naturally manufactured. Snack on fruits. Eat less fatty fried food. Cut down on alcohol and take time to exercise. 

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