Body Mass Index Gives Insight Into General Health
When it comes to getting healthy, many numbers signal health ailments — but it’s not just the number on the scale.
The American Cancer Society and Weight Watchers have joined forces to make us more aware of another important number: the body mass index, or BMI.
Weight Watchers stresses losing weight isn’t just about looking better. It’s a matter of health, and sometimes life and death.
Excess pounds increase our risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
But how do you know what a healthy weight is? Weight Watchers and the American Cancer Society say that’s where your body mass index comes in.
BMI is a calculation that considers your height and weight and gives you a healthy range.
For instance at 5 feet 4 inches tall, a healthy body mass index is between 110 and 145 pounds. At 5 feet 8 inches, the range is between 125 and 164 pounds. And at 6 feet 2 inches, the ideal weight is between 148 and 194 pounds.
The Body Mass Index chart is the same for men and women.
And don’t despair if it seems like you need to lose a lot of weight. According to the American Cancer Society, losing 5 to 10 percent of your current weight can help prevent or correct weight related health issues.