Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index (BMI), is a number calculated using your weight and height. Your BMI estimates how much you should weigh based on your height. Knowing your BMI is a simple way to find out if
your weight puts you at risk for health problems. It’s important to know if your BMI shows that you are overweight or obese. Excess fat, especially around your waist, can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart
disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, varicose veins, and other chronic conditions.
How can I calculate my BMI and waist circumference?
It’s easy to calculate your BMI and waist circumference.
Calculating your BMI:
- Multiply your weight in pounds by 703.
- Divide that answer by your height in inches.
- Divide that number by your height in inches again. This number is your BMI
Calculating your waist circumference [To measure, you’ll need a cloth measuring tape]:
- Put one end of the measuring tape on the front of your stomach, just above your hips. Wrap it around your stomach until you have made a circle.
- Make sure your tape is horizontal all the way around. It should be snug, but not too tight. You should be able to breathe normally.
- Read the measurement.
Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches and men with a waist measurement of more than 40 inches may be more at risk for developing diabetes or heart disease. Lowering your BMI or waist circumference just a little may reduce your risk significantly. You can lower your numbers by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.