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DR. DAWN HARPER BODY MASS INDEX

DR. DAWN HARPER | BMI


BODY MASS INDEX WHAT IS OBESITY? The UK is the fattest nation in Europe - half the population is overweight. The heavier you are, the more likely you are to suffer from high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, depression, infertility as well as cancers of the breast, colon, kidney, prostate and uterus. Weight is often assessed using your body mass index (BMI), which gives an indication of how much you weigh in relation to your height. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilos, by the square of your height in metres.

BMI = weight in kilos / (height in metres x height in metres)

INTERPRETING YOUR BMI

WHERE DO YOU CARRY YOURS?

Your BMI score can be classified within one of the following five ranges:

It’s not just how much you weigh that’s important, but where you carry it is also significant. Those that carry their weight around their midriff (‘apples’) are more at risk of heart disease than those that carry it around their hips (‘pears’).

- A BMI of less than 18.5 is classed a underweight. - A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is classed as a healthy weight. - A BMI of between 25 and 29.9 is classed as overweight. - A BMI of between 30 and 39.9 is classed as obese. - A BMI of above 40 is classed as morbidly obese. Please note that the above scale is applicable to average adults under the age of 60, who are not pregnant or sufferers of any longterm illness. They are not applicable to children, or those with a high proportion of body muscle.

DR. DAWN HARPER | BMI 2/2

LOSING WEIGHT - THE BENEFITS If you are obese, or even significantly overweight, the idea of achieving a size 12 or 14 (or for men a 32in waist) can seem like a pipe dream. By losing just ten per cent of your body weight, you can and will be able to notice significant health benefits such as: - A 10 mmHg drop in your blood pressure. - A 10 % fall in your cholesterol level. - A 20 % reduction in your risk of premature death. D


Body Mass Index (BMI) Factsheet  

What you need to know about calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) from registered GP Dr Dawn Harper. For more information or to ask a quest...

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