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Do you want to know how to calculate your BMI? Do you know your current weight? Do you know that weight tells a lot about the status of one's health? Does your weight fall within 40kg and 120kg? Well, in this article, I will show you how to use your weight to measure the level of your health status.
Have you ever asked why nurses check your weight any time you visit the hospital? Weight is one of the significant parameters in healthcare. It is classified as one of the vital signs that communicate to the healthcare professional. Checking your weight means that you are finding out how heavy or light you are. You are made to stand on a scale and the value is recorded. It is mostly recorded in kilograms.
Weight is significant for a number of reasons. First of all, it helps the doctor to calculate the right dosage of a medication and prescribe appropriately. Secondly, it makes it easier for the healthcare professional to calculate your Body Mass Index, which is acronymized as "BMI".
Again, it is worth noting that the health care provider can match your weight to other parameters such as age, height, etc. And that alone is enough for him or her to tell whether all is well with your body or not. Image 2: A weight monitoring scale
In other not to confuse you, I'll limit this teaching to how you can use your weight to check your body mass index (BMI). In case you are flabbergasted about what the BMI is, don't worry, I will throw more light on it for you to have a grip on it. Just as it is important to know your weight, it is to know your BMI as well. BMI, Body mass index is when you compare your weight to your height to see whether there is actually a balance between these two parameters.
When the doctor checks your BMI, he is trying to see if your weight matches your height or otherwise. With the BMI, the general idea is not just matching your weight to your height. It goes beyond that. It informs the individual about the status of his heaviness or lightness. It shows whether a person is underweight, has normal weight, overweight or is obese.
In simple terms, the body mass index determines whether a person is too fat or not. The BMI in plain sense measures the body size. A person classified as fat per the BMI value is said to be obese or may have a medical condition called "obesity". According to the WHO, obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. Obese individuals are at risk of many serious diseases such as Hypertension, Stroke, Atherosclerosis, Myocardial infarction, Coronary Artery Disease and many more.
Having an oversize body isn't a sign of good living as many people claim. It is an indication that your body is keeping too much fat which can be extremely detrimental to your health and well-being. So, how do you check your BMI?
How to Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)
Checking your BMI is easy. You need only two parameters to make it happen. In the first place, you must check your weight (in kilograms) and your height (in meters). This is to say, the weight and height should be current in order to have an accurate BMI value. It is good to know that the normal BMI range is 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI below 18.5 indicates "Underweight". That between 25 and 29.9 is "Overweight" and the "Obese" range falls between 30 and 39.9. Image 3: BMI values and their interpretations
Once you have the value for the weight and the height, the next thing is to do the calculation. Let's create an assumption here to demonstrate to you how the calculation is done.
Let's say you checked your weight and height and recorded 57 kilograms (kg) and 160 centimetres (cm) respectively. Now, the formula for calculating the BMI is;
Weight in kilograms (kg) divided by height in meters squared (m²).
Since the weight is already in kilograms, it is advisable that we convert the height value; 160 cm, into meters (m). This will enable us to get the right BMI value. In converting centimetres to meters, divide by 100. This gives us a height in meters (1.6 meters). Now, let's fix the values in the BMI formula and apply our mathematical abilities.
Weight is 57 kilograms (kg)
Height is 1.6 meters (m)
BMI= Weight (kg)/Height (m²)
Therefore, BMI= 57/1.6²
BMI= 57 kg / 2.56m²
Hence, a person weighing 57 kilograms and having a height of 160 centimetres (1.6 meters) has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 22.26 kg/m. Comparing this value to the BMI ranges listed above, it can be deduced that it is within the normal range. This means that this person has a normal body weight and size and is not at risk of obesity, hypertension, diabetes and the likes.
With the demonstration shown above, I'm optimistic that you can calculate your BMI and interpret it. Note that BMI is a screening tool and not a diagnostic tool. This means that when your BMI is abnormal, there are other parameters that would be considered to confirm whether you are being overweight or obese.
The following people shouldn't use the BMI;
1. Heavyweight boxers
2. Weight trainers and athletes
3. Pregnant women
4. Muscle builders
Do you have any question? Do you want me to help you calculate your BMI? Let me know in the comment section below and I will answer within the shortest possible time.
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