BMI or Body Mass Index, has been the go-to measurement for health-based assessment of weight and size. It estimates your body fat based on your height and weight. The formula for BMI is simply: weight (kg) / height (m2).
BMI is rated differently for adults and children. This BMI chart helps you to interpret the BMI of adults above the age of 20.
|18.5 to 24.9||Normal|
|25 to 29.9||Overweight|
|30 and above||Obese|
BMI is a good indicator of the kind of risk your physical health is under. A high BMI is linked with a much greater risk of developing serious health conditions like:
- High cholesterol and High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnoea and breathing problems
You can use the Activ Living BMI calculator to find out what level of risk you are at. Here are few steps you can take to lower your BMI:
1. Start a healthy diet
Include more of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Add fibre and whole grains to get more energy and natural nutrition. Avoid processed foods with a lot of preservatives, sugar and fats.
2. Start Exercising
Try working out for half an hour at least three times a week to lose weight naturally. Reducing your body fat can lower your risk of developing serious health conditions linked to a high BMI.
Remember that BMI is not a final judgement but only an early indicator of your physical health. Use other tools like the waist to hip ratio calculator along with BMI to get a better understanding of your health risks.