Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Measure your BMI

Do you know what your BMI is?  Do you know WHAT BMI is?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is the measure of body fat based on your height and weight.  Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health and can help you to control and prevent some diseases.  The higher your BMI is, then the higher your risk can be for certain diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and gallstones.

A BMI indicator does have its limitations because it can overestimate body fat in athletes and those with a muscular build or underestimate body fat in those who have lost muscle or are older.  But you may want to take a look at it, just to get an indicator of approximately where you're at.  If your BMI is in the high or low range, then it might not be a bad idea to check with your doctor so he can evaluate where you're at and make suggestions.

Here's a link to a site where you can compute your BMI and read some more about it.