People with very low or very high BMIs tend to have the greatest health risks. Even so, BMI is only one factor in your overall health. For example, if your BMI falls into the normal weight category, you will still have a higher risk of health problems if you:
- Smoke cigarettes
- Do not participate in regular physical activity
- Eat lots of nutrient-poor foods with added fat and sugar.
If your BMI is in the overweight category, you will have a lower overall health risk if you:
- Get regular physical activity
- Have blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels that are within normal limits.
This means BMI is one aspect of your health to discuss with your care provider. Together, you can decide if other assessments need to be done and whether lifestyle changes such as eating smarter and moving more will improve your health.
via Understanding Body Mass Index – Healthy Weight Information – from the Academy.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people.
The BMI ranges are based on the relationship between body weight and disease and death. Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including the following:
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
via Healthy Weight: Assessing Your Weight: BMI: About Adult BMI | DNPAO | CDC.
Adult Overweight and Obesity
Among Michigan’s adults age 18 and over 66.1% of adults were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater 30.9% of adults were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater.
via Obesity and Overweight for Professionals: State Programs: Funded States: Michigan – DNPAO – CDC.