Body Mass Index

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Excess weight, as measured by your body mass index (BMI), is not the only risk to your health. So is the location of fat on your body. If you carry fat mainly around your waist, you are more likely to develop health problems than if you carry fat mainly in your hips and thighs. This is true even if your BMI falls within the normal range. Belly Fat is harmful!

Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches or men with a waist measurement of more than 40 inches may have a higher disease risk than people with smaller waist measurements because of where their fat lies.

How to measure waist circumference:

  • Take off your shirt and loosen your belt.
  • Position the tape mid-way between the top of your hip bone and the bottom of the rib cage.
  • When taking measurement, the abdomen should be relaxed and you should be breathing out.


Measure your waist, measure your risk:

If your waist circumference is above the cut-off point indicated, your health can be at risk. Ask your healthcare provider to check your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure levels as part of a full cardiovascular and diabetes assessment.

For most people losing weight and keeping it off is a constant struggle. Dieters all too often find themselves gaining the weight they lost back because they did not change their lifestyle. There are many diet programs that really do work, however it is up to you to follow a strategy, which can increase your chances of obtaining a permanent weight loss.

You can check your Body Mass Index (BMI)  here;

We encourage you to follow guidelines to a healthier lifestyle. Your life will change forever after you lose weight, you will feel better about yourself, be healthier and live a more fulfilling life. The main elements of maintaining a healthy weight are to incorporate a healthy lifestyle by eating wisely and adopting a regular exercise routine.

Author: Donna Taylor

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