In addition to Body Mass Index, individual waist circumference can be a good predictor of body fatness and risk for chronic diseases. Research has shown that abdominal fat (fat in your mid-section) is a good predictor of risk for obesity-related diseases.
The following information will help you measure and determine your waist circumference.
Measuring Tape Position for Waist (Abdominal) Circumference
Health Assessments - Calculate Your BMI
Assessing your own risk for overweight and obesity is the first step in adopting a healthier lifestyle or ensuring that you are on the right track. Check here for a Body Mass Index Calculator and Waist Circumference Measures, as well as, definitions for moderate and vigorous activity and to find out how much you should be eating in a day.
|18.5 - 24.9||Normal|
|25.0 - 29.9||Overweight|
|30.0 and Above||Obese|
Body Mass Index is commonly used to assess one’s relative risk for health problems related to excess overweight and obesity. BMI is calculated using a person’s height and weight.
BMI measurements are widely used and the correlation of BMI and body fatness is fairly strong. However, they do have some limitations. A BMI score is not a direct measure of fatness. It is a measurement based on weight which accounts for both muscle and fat. It does not account for muscle mass, water retention, or body build. For example, a body builder would have a higher BMI (based on height and weight) but not be overweight.