Nutrition News: BMI and Your Health by Dana Angelo White in Food News, February 6, 2013
By now you’ve heard the long list of health risks associated with packing on extra pounds, but a recent study suggests that a higher BMI may actually lead to a longer life. So now being overweight is good for you? That’s not the whole story!
What is BMI?
Body Mass Index or BMI is a calculation that measures weight while adjusting for height. Here’s the formula for you math lovers:
Weight (kilograms) ÷ [Height (meters)]²
A BMI above 24.9 categorizes someone as overweight, while a BMI over 30 classifies someone as obese. When a less than stellar BMI is paired with other risk factors like smoking, physical inactivity or excessive waist circumference, your risk of chronic disease goes up. As BMI increases so does the risks diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.