Obesity and BMI is closely related. BMI is one of the main indicators used to determine if a person is obese. If you are wondering if you qualify as being obese, taking your BMI measurement will help. In here I will share with you how to calculate your BMI and what it all means to you.
What is obesity and what are the main indicators? Before you start to calculate your BMI and start worrying about being obese, let’s have a look at what being obese is. Obesity is a medical condition where you have too much body fat, which can affect your health in a bad way. The main way to determine obesity is with the help of BMI measurements. Other methods commonly used to diagnose obesity are waist-to-hip ratio, cardiovascular risk factors and body fat percentage.
The Correlation Between Obesity And BMI
A BMI higher than 30 may means that you are obese. The best way to determine your risk for obesity is to make an appointment with a doctor. Knowing your BMI before going to the doctor will help speed up your possible diagnosis.Your BMI is calculated by taking your weight and dividing it by your length squared (in metrics). When it comes to the English BMI formula, it gets a bit more complicated.
Formula For BMI Calculation
Here are the two different formulas to help you calculate your BMI. To make it easier for you, you can calculate your BMI here.
English BMI Formula
BMI = ( Weight in Pounds / ( Height in inches x Height in inches ) ) x 703
Metric BMI Formula
BMI = ( Weight in Kilograms / ( Height in Meters x Height in Meters ) )
What Your BMI Means
A BMI larger than 25 is considered to be overweight.
A BMI larger than 30 is considered as being obese.
Any BMI between 35 and 40 is considered as severe obesity
A BMI of between 40 and 45 is considered as morbid obesity
A BMI larger than 46 is considered as super obesity
When it comes to BMI and obesity some Asian populations develop negative health consequences at a lower BMI than other people; making the obesity number for Japanese a BMI of 25 and for Chinese people 28.
BMI Increases Your Risk Of Fatal Car Crashes
A study found that an increase in BMI is directly correlated to decreased seatbelt usage. This means that the bigger your waist size, the higher your risk of fatal car accident (due to not wearing a seatbelt).
We looked at the correlation between obesity and BMI. Although BMI is an accurate indication of being obese, you should never use it as your sole measurement of obesity. If you suspect that you are a loved one is obese, you must speak to a doctor immediately; as it can have adverse health effects.