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Understanding a Healthy BMI

Understanding a Healthy BMI

When a person is overweight or obese, there is an increased risk for serious health problems and diseases like type 2 diabetes. Most of the time, if someone has a disproportional amount of fat associated with their body, there is a common assumption of poor health and potential long-term bodily damage. However, letting your health or weight slide or go unaddressed until it has become a serious concern isn’t wise. The dangers of a weak heart, high blood pressure, and a sluggish circulatory system deserve your immediate attention. In order to help individuals track their weight and put them on alert for potential disease risk, physicians rely on BMI screening. When used in conjunction with measurements of your waist circumference, physicians are able to assess your potential for disease risks. Although is it not a tool used to issue a diagnosis, knowing a person’s BMI is useful for motivating lifestyle changes and assessing weight status.

Measuring BMI

The body mass index (BMI) takes a person’s weight in kilograms and divides it by the individual’s square height in meters. Since the majority of Americans aren’t familiar with metric measurements, the BMI formula was adapted to measure height and weight in inches and pounds. A high BMI reading usually indicated a significant amount of body fat, while having a low BMI shows that a person may suffer from having too low body fatness. Again, the tool doesn’t actually diagnose body fatness or how healthy an individual is. It is used as a guide to show normal or acceptable weight ranges for a similar body type. Going to the physician for a yearly check-up generally includes a BMI check, but you can calculate your own with a BMI calculator and gauge the results along on an index chart. You can use a tape measure and a scale for your measurement. Here is a breakdown of BMI ranges.

  • A BMI less than 18.5 falls into the underweight category.
  • A BMI between 18.5-24.9 falls into a normal or healthy weight category.
  • A BMI between 25.0-29.9 falls into the overweight category.
  • A BMI of 30.0 or higher falls into the obese category.

Past a healthy weight range, the two categories of underweight and overweight can be damaging to your body. This is why a physician will assess your results and plan a course of action to improve your health.  Excessive body fat around the abdomen can become a serious health problem, as it is an indicator of increased risk for diseases and conditions associated with obesity. Type 2 diabetes requires immediate attention, as do problems with high blood pressure or atherosclerosis. Your waist is a visual warning that you are potentially headed towards a health crisis.

Dealing With Obesity

If your BMI indicates that your physique is moving towards overweight or obese, your healthcare provider will recommend that you work to reduce your body fat content and adjust your lifestyle. While there are many ways to you can start a weight loss journey, the HCG diet is one that works to blast through stubborn body fat while teaching you healthy eating habits and reduced intake. If diets have always seemed hard to follow and you haven’t had much success, it may be time for you to turn to professional help. Working under the care of a physician that wants the best for your health can be motivating, but integrating a dieting resource like HCG injections plays to the natural strengths of your body when tackling weight loss. There won’t be a one-size-fits-all dieting plan, and you will need to consult with your physician for a route that works for your schedule, your nutritional needs, and your body’s current state of health.

What Improved BMI Numbers Mean

By lowering your BMI, you adding energy and hope back into your life. You improve your chances of avoiding certain diseases or conditions associated with excess fat, and you improve your ability to enjoy activities and experiences that were once difficult due to your size. Monitoring your intake and limiting your consumption to fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and low-fat dairy is a way to alter your eating habits. Getting at least 30-45 minutes of vigorous exercise four to six times a week can help burn fat and improve your circulation, respiration, and cognitive functions.


Even if your condition hasn’t technically progressed to a BMI that is categorized as obese, the inner stress and strain of carrying around extra weight will do damage over time. This is why addressing the problem when it is first noticed is a good defensive strategy. However, a better offensive strategy is adopting healthy habits right now.


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Dr. Richard Smith, MD

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