Tuesday, August 29, 2006

What's your BMI?

Doctors check your body size by measuring your weight and height. This calculation is known as the body mass index (BMI). Research has shown that people within a certain range of body size tend to live the longest and enjoy the best health. You can check whether you have a healthy weight for your height using the body mass index calculator.

Yes, I can safely say I am now in the "healthy" weight range!

IMPORTANT: Please note that BMI is not as accurate if you are an athlete or very muscled (muscle weighs more than fat), as it can push you into a higher BMI category despite having a healthy level of body fat. It is also not accurate for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or people who are frail. The BMI Calculator is only one guide about your overall health. Waist measurement, body fat level, blood pressure, cholesterol, physical activity, not smoking and the healthiness of your diet are also important. You need to get the whole picture.

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