The Body Mass Index or BMI is an indicative tool to calculate the body’s weight or body fat status in humans over the age of 20. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters:
BMI = Kg / (m)2
A BMI between 19 and 25 is considered normal but if someone's BMI is between 25 to 29.9, that person is said to be overweight. A person is said to be obese if his or her BMI is 30 or higher. The higher your BMI is, the greater your risk for illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease.
The Body Mass Index tool has been reviewed by medical doctors and is for educational purposes only and not a replacement for the doctor’s medical advice. Always consult with your general practitioner before making your own conclusions on the condition of your health or overweight status. The BMI is a general guideline to determine the weight status and are used widely by general practitioners and health consultancies.
Please note that that the BMI indicator can be
somewhat misleading or over estimated in the following
cases: With body builders; competing athletes
and pregnant women. BMI does not differentiate
between body fat and muscle mass and athletes
usually have a higher percentage muscle mass which
carries more weight than body fat. It is therefore
possible for healthy and muscular individuals
with very low body fat percentages to be classified
obese when using the BMI formula.
The BMI calculations can underestimate body fat
percentage in the following cases: Old people;
people who are disabled and, for instance, cannot
The body mass index can not be regarded as the only way of determining health risks or obesity. Other measure such as the waist circumference is also a very good indictor of health risks.
What does my BMI mean?
Below 18 – you are very underweight and need to pick up weight urgently
Below 20 – you are underweight and could afford to gain a little weight.
Between 20 and 25 – you have a healthy weight range
Between 26 to 30 – This is an overweight range
Over 30 – you are obese and seriously need to consider losing weight
Can being overweight or obese affect my health?
The connection between being overweight and the
chance that you will suffer poor health is not
definite (research in this specific area is on-going).
It can be stated that when data from large populations
of people are statistically analyzed, obese people
tend to have a bigger chance of developing a variety
of diseases. Possible conditions that being overweight
/ obese can contribute to are: Premature death,
cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure,
cancers and diabetes.
How can I bring my BMI within a low risk area?
Regular exercise and healthy food can help you control your BMI and reduce the risk of being overweight when living an unhealthy lifestyle.
How can help you to get within the correct BMI range?
With the quick start package and the
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you can lose the weight and keep it off while
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Contact your coach or Herbalife distributor
by clicking on the following email address email@example.com The coach will help you determine
your BMI and give advice on what weight loss or
weight maintenance package you should go for to
better your well-being. Don’t delay on the
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