Is my Body Mass Index (BMI) Too High?

August 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

In order to find out if you are overweight, you need to calculate your body mass index. In general, you are considered overweight if your BMI is between 25-29; if your BMI is higher than 29 you are considered obese.

Health Risks

Here are some of the health problems you are at risk of developing:

  • high cholesterol – which effects your blood vessels
  • coronary heart disease
  • high blood pressure – which can lead to heart attack and stroke
  • stroke
  • type II diabetes
  • gallbladder problems
  • certain types of cancer???studies show that breast cancer is linked to being overweight
  • problems with breathing
  • problems sleeping
  • osteoarthritis???wear and tear on the bones and joints from carrying too much weight

Keep in mind that BMI is just a guide. If you are athletic, you have more muscle than the average person. Since muscle weighs more than fat, your BMI will be higher than most people of your same height and may not mean that you are overweight.

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