|BMI||Category||Waist less than or equal to 40 in. (men) or 35 in. (women)||Waist greater than 40 in. (men) or 35 in. (women)|
|18.5 or less||Underweight||N/A||N/A|
|18.5 - 24.9||Normal||N/A||N/A|
|25.0 - 29.9||Overweight||Increased Risk||High Risk|
|30.0 - 34.9||Obese||High Risk||Very High Risk|
|35.0 - 39.9||Obese||Very High Risk||Very High Risk|
|40 or greater||Extremely Obese||Extremely High Risk||Extremely Hig|
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Your Body Mass Index (BMI) can be defined as "a key index for relating a person's body weight to their height," which is a "person's weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m) squared. x" (Source).
I have always been a firm believer in knowing your BMI (Body Mass Index). I think it's a good method to use a few times a year to assess your general health. It's also very rewarding if you're looking to reach a goal weight (knowing what your BMI was before and after).
While I also believe that the scale doesn't lie, I do not think the scale is THE best assessment of your overall health. As a high school and college athlete, I knew countless women with knockout bodies who had a very small body fat percentage (with a small pant size) who weighed much more than you'd think. However, most of these women still had a healthy BMI.
Today I came across a great BMI calculator, called the "BMI Calculator Plus" by WebMD. It's described as: "an innovative health and weight calculator that gives personal results on 6 different weight and fitness measurements" (Source). Check it out here!
I liked using this system because it also gives you your waist to height ratio, which can be a more helpful health assessment for women who are muscular or pear shaped. I had never done this before.
What methods do you use to assess you health and keep you feeling grounded, without being too hard on yourself?