How is obesity measured?
In recent years, the body mass index (BMI) has become the medical standard used to measure overweight and obesity. It is a
height-weight system of measurement that applies to both sexes. It's not a perfect system, because (e.g.) very muscular people may fall into the "overweight" category when they are actually healthy and fit. But it's a useful pointer for most people.
How is Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated?
BMI is found by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by height in meters squared. The mathematical formula is:
BMI = kg/m2.
[Note: To determine your BMI using pounds and inches, multiply your weight in pounds by 704.5, then divide the result by your height in inches, and divide that result by your height in inches a second time.]
If you don't have time to calculate
your BMI exactly, here is a simple chart with approximate obesity levels
for people between 5 feet and 6 feet in height.
||When you are obese
|5 feet 0 inches
||At 153 pounds
|5 feet 1 inch
||At 159 pounds
|5 feet 2 inches
||At 164 pounds
|5 feet 3 inches
||At 169 pounds
|5 feet 4 inches
||At 175 pounds
|5 feet 5 inches
||At 180 pounds
|5 feet 6 inches
||At 186 pounds
|5 feet 7 inches
||At 191 pounds
|5 feet 8 inches
||At 197 pounds
|5 feet 9 inches
||At 203 pounds
|5 feet 10 inches
||At 209 pounds
|5 feet 11 inches
||At 215 pounds
|5 feet 12 inches
||At 221 pounds
Body Fat Distribution: "Pears" or "Apples"
How much fat you have is one thing. Where the fat is LOCATED is a separate issue. If you carry fat mainly around your waist, you are more likely to develop obesity-related health problems.
Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches, or men with a measurement of more than 40 inches have a higher health risk because of their fat distribution.
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