Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nutrition Education: BMI



Guess what day it is?!

Today I am going to be starting a new segment called "Nutrition Education". I am going to be explaining topics such as Carbohydrates, BMI, My Plate, Fats, and more.

Today I will be focusing on BMI and how this applies to your life and how it will help you make decisions to better your health.



So what in the world is a BMI?

BMI stands for body mass index and it is calculated by your weight, height, age and sex. Using this information, it will put you in a category:

Underweight: BMI is less than 18.5                          
Normal: 18.5- 24.9                                              
Overweight: 25-29.9
Obese: 30+
Extremely Overweight: 40+


Here is a diagram that gives a visual about what you may look like at different levels of BMI:



So you may be asking yourself...how do I calculate these numbers for myself??

There are formulas, but for now it will probably be easiest to do it online.

I really like this calculator because not only does it give you your BMI, but it also gives you tips for maintaining/changing your BMI if necessary.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/bmi-calculator/itt-20084938 

So why am I telling you all of this?

BMI is more than just a simple formula, it can be a tremendous wake up call. Realizing that from a medical source that you are considered underweight or obese can be a life-saving tool that could keep you from being under serious medical attention down the road.

Tips:

  • If you have excess weight from muscles (ex: body builder) you may be considered overweight--don't let that scare you because the chart assumes that the excess weight is fat.
  • If you find that you are overweight or underweight--play around with the BMI calculator and see how far you are from reaching your weight goal. From there you may take steps such as changing your diet/ exercise plan (which we will talk about at a later time). 
  • Use this as encouragement if you like your results! If you don't like them, use it as motivation!


Thanks for Reading!