Most people have heard of the term BMI or Body Mass Index. In fact, at some point in their life many people have probably had their BMI taken, whether it was at the doctor’s office or perhaps in a health class. However, most people do not spend much time thinking about what the term may really mean in their life. However, BMI is something that you should take seriously; it says a lot about your overall health and the health risks that you may face now, and as you grow older.
What Is Body Mass Index?
The BMI is a measure that is designed for use by adults that allows them to see if they are currently at a healthy weight compared to their overall height. Since everyone is a different height, allowances must be made for weight, which is why the BMI was created. In general BMIs over 25 are considered overweight, whereas over 30 is considered obese. Anyone that has a BMI of 25 or lower is considered a healthy weight, so this should be your aim. While it is not a magic system, it does offer some insight into whether you are healthy or need to lose weight, as being overweight can impact your lifespan.
There are many health problems that are associated with being overweight, and most of these problems grow even worse, or become more high-risk, if you fall into the obese category. Some of the most common issues related to a high BMI are stroke, certain types of cancer, kidney disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, according to NHS Choices. These can become lifelong problems if not properly treated and addressed, which is why it is important to see a doctor and talk about healthier habits and healthy weight loss options if you’re at risk.
A Wakeup Call
The good news is that if you are able to lose weight, and maintain a healthy weight, then you reduce your risk of suffering from heart disease, according to the British Heart Foundation. Therefore, just because you have a high BMI now does not mean that you have to be plagued by health risks and problems for the rest of your life. In fact, the opposite can be true. Your BMI should be a wakeup call to take action and start to manage risks by losing weight. On the other hand, if your BMI is healthy it is important to check it regularly to make sure that it stays that way, so that you don’t have future health risks sneaking up on you.
It is also important to realise that while most people use their BMI as a predictor of whether they should lose weight, for some people it may actually be an indication that they need to gain weight. A BMI of under 18.5 is considered underweight, and indicates that you could safely put on a few pounds. Being underweight can also cause health problems, including iron deficiency anaemia, osteoporosis, amenorrhea, and other issues. Finally, if you notice a major fluctuation in your BMI within just a few months, this is an indication that you need to discuss your health with a doctor.