With increasing life expectancy, food security, and medical infrastructure, the situation has led to another kind of problem. I am talking about obesity, the seemingly harmless, yet deadly condition. With so many refined sugars in our food, we are consuming more glucose than we need to. As the body has an excess of calories, it begins to store them as fat reserves for a rainy day. While our jungle-dwelling forefathers would love this fantasy to come true, there are no rainy days when it comes to food availability for the modern-day man. So, how do you know if you are obese or overweight and may need to get things in order, before diabetes, heart disease, or hypertension starts knocking at your door? One of the most common ways to measure obesity is by calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI). This number tells you the weight you need to lose, gain, or maintain your current body fat. However, many people are not familiar with how to calculate it, or they might not have accurate measurements. In this article, I will provide a guide on how to calculate your BMI, and explain some of the underlying factors that can contribute to your weight and what you can do to remain healthy. BMI is a measure of obesity and is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by the square of height in meters. BMI ranges from 18.5 to 30.0 and is used as a screening tool for obesity. How to Calculate Your BMI? By following these simple steps, you can determine your BMI and see if it falls within a healthy weight range. In order to calculate your BMI, you will need to know your weight in kilograms and your height in meters. Then, use the following formulas: BMI = (weight in kilograms) / (height in meters squared) For example, if you weigh 75 kg and are 1.70 m tall, your BMI would be 28.6 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To help make the process a little easier, you can use a BMI online and have it show you whether you are overweight, underweight, or ideal weight. What are the Normal Ranges for BMI? • Underweight: Less than 18.5 • Normal weight: 18.5 to 24.9 How Should I Deal with My Weight if I am Obese or Overweight? If you are obese or overweight, there are a few key things you can do to deal with your weight and improve your health. 1) Eat healthy foods that are low in carbs and empty calories. 2) Exercise regularly. Even small amounts of exercise can help to reduce your weight because it helps to burn calories. 3) Avoid eating late at night or eating large amounts of sugary foods and drinks. Eating large amounts of sugary foods and drinks can increase your waistline and put a strain on your heart health. 4) Avoid smoking: Smoking is the leading cause of obesity and type II diabetes.
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