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
- 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.