How is BMI Calculated and What is it?

BMI is something many people here in New York and beyond use as a guide to monitor their weight and condition. It’s a great guide to helping a person achieve a healthy standard and to help them remain so.

Today’s study comes from the annals of internal medicine March of 2017. It is a pretty large study on population that looks at 225,000 people over a 12 year period. It noted the people who were considered morbidly obese (people with a BMI of over 35).

BMI looks at your height and weight and how they relate.

Many people argue that more fit people who have a higher BMI due to muscle will often behave clinically high false readings on BMI.

However, for the average population, this showed that people who are considered morbidly obese were found  to be two times more likely to die of any cause. They are three times more likely to die of heart disease and 50 percent more likely to die from cancer.

If you don’t know what your BMI is, follow these steps to find out:

  1. Weight in lbs x .45
  2. Height in inches x .025
  3. Ans 2 x ans 2
  4. Ans 1/ ans 3= BMI

If you need assistance with weight management, contact your primary care physician and see if they can refer you to a nutritionist.

Of course excess weight does also affect other issues away from things like heart disease and even diabetes. Excess weight also puts stress on your joints and can help induce back pain and neck pain. It’s something we see quite often in our practice and we do suggest looking at diet, regular exercise and of course speaking with your primary physician as well. Ultimately, being at a healthy BMI level will mean you will lead a happier and healthier existence in general.

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