Monday, January 7, 2013

Don't Put Too Much Weight on BMI

Body mass index, or BMI, is an excellent indicator of body health. However, do not give that indicator more importance than it deserves: it is simply a risk factor evaluator.

Here's what that means: the higher your BMI, the more likely you are to have metabolic syndrome, whose risk factors include:

  • high blood pressure
  • elevated cholesterol
  • stress
  • obesity
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • type-2 diabetes
  • rheumatic diseases
  • poor blood circulation

BMI is a height-to-weight ratio. If you have particularly heavy bone density or you are well-muscled, the numbers are meaningless. 

There are a number of factors to take into account when determining health and fitness, including BMI. Taking all factors into account, not just BMI, will help you get a better picture of your health — and help you determine the best way to address your health and fitness needs.

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