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Know & Control your BMI to optimize Health Featured

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Achieving a normal range BMI definitely improves your health.

bmiWe are constantly under threat of chronic disorder hampering our health. A major cause for incidence of such disease is attributed towards unhealthy lifestyle.

However, experts believe that we can definitely control such health hazards if we practice a healthy lifestyle. Body mass index (BMI), a reliable indicator of health, gets significantly affected by individual lifestyle. Hence, controlling lifestyle ensure your BMI which in turn check out health risks.

BMI and its Significance

WHO defines Body Mass Index (BMI) as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (Kg/m2). Thus your BMI represents a relationship between your body weight and height.

BMI, a simple index of weight for height, is usually used to classify people in underweight or overweight categories.

BMI measurement system classify individual as


BMI (Kg/m2)



Healthy weight

18.5 to 24.99





Extremely obese


BMI is used for both men and women. However, according to National heart, Lung and Blood Institute, BMI has certain limitations with respect to muscle mass. It may overvalue body fat in athletes and those having muscular built. On the contrary, it may underestimate body fat in older or one who lose muscle mass.

BMI reveals Health Secretes

As BMI detailed about body fat, subsequently tells you the risks of developing health problems.

  • Overweight

Overweight or obesity is considered as a most common sedentary lifestyle disorder of modern civilized society. The number of obese people gets doubled since 1980, and trend is shared among both male and female. Childhood obesity cases also seem to be on its toll.

Overweight is a condition having an excess body weight for a particular height. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) overweight or obesity is the result of ‘caloric imbalance’ means very few calories are used for the amount of calories consumed. Overweight can be the result from other factors like family history, environment, metabolism and behavior.

Being overweight increases your risk of various chronic diseases reported on Mayo Clinic. You are likely to develop list of diseases, including

  • Type 2 diabetes,
  • Heart attack,
  • Hyper tension,
  • Brain stroke,
  • Gall stone,
  • Breathing problems,
  • Sleep apnea and
  • Certain types of cancer.

Overweight is harmful for your mental status and result in depression associated with poor body image. Women can experience irregular period or difficulty in conception while a male show tendency towards erectile dysfunction.

  • Underweight

Underweight suggest your weight is too low for your age and height. Likewise overweight, being underweight can also ruin your health.

Underweight BMI suggests that your diet is insufficient to provide enough calories for body. Along with poor supply of calories, you are also short of vital nutrients.

Caloric and nutrient scarcity leads to development of range of health problems such as

  • Osteoporosis (fragile bone),
  • Anemia,
  • Weak immunity,

Losses of hair etc. are major issues in underweight people. Women in their fertile period experience irregular menstrual cycles, lack of period or infertility reported on FamilyDoctor.

Changing your lifestyle right now

As BMI is closely associated with health, you must be extra vigilant about it. Keeping your body mass index within a healthy range will lessen your health risks.
Your eating behavior and physical activity have a major contribution in maintaining BMI within a normal range.

However, short–term dietary or behavior changes aren’t sufficient to achieve your goal. It takes complete lifestyle change for your rest of life.

  • Organize and access your diet plan

When it comes to weight management, depending on your BMI (overweight or underweight) balance the number of calories you used for the number of calories you consume. Choose your healthy diet plan carefully or take expert opinion if needed. Get online diet consultation from Experts

Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free milk products, nuts and beans are always good for body. Lean meat, poultry and fish though good must be consumed in moderation.

Food with added sugar or processed food with extra salt and trans-fat can raise your cholesterol level, so avoid them totally.

Daily exercise as priority

Physical activity is another great way to achieve healthy BMI. Exercise not only burns calories but also improves muscles strength.

At least 30 minutes vigorous exercise per day helps to stabilize your BMI, according to study result published on Eurekalert. Researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine report jogging, bicycling and swimming are good to keep BMI stable.

Yoga and meditation are simple and economical way to control your BMI. Body mind integrated approach of yoga therapy creates body awareness, which help to control eating pattern.

Insure your BMI with healthy lifestyle and enjoy a journey of fit and happy life.

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