Body Mass Index
WHAT IS BODY MASS INDEX?
BMI or Body Mass Index is calculated using a person’s weight and height and is an indicator used globally to indicate the level of obesity in a person. The United States has the second highest average BMI in the world after Kuwait. The higher the BMI, the higher the level of obesity - which leads to a lower life expectancy.
WHY IT MATTERS
What is your BMI? Although a majority of people are not aware of their BMI, that number has a profound influence on your health and life expectancy.
Studies show us that a BMI over 25 can have serious consequences in regards to your health. Medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are associated with excess body weight. In turn, heart disease – the #1 cause of death in the USA – is directly associated with diabetes and hypertension.
A BMI over 30 has an even greater impact on health. Once the BMI is over 35 most medical institutions and some insurance companies will support surgical weight loss. A BMI over 40 has been shown to shorten life expectancy by 8-13 years.
Where your BMI stands is literarily a matter of life and death. Even if you don’t know what that number is, it is affecting you daily.