How can I assess my health condition with BMI and my weight?
BMI allows you to check whether your weight is healthy, underweight, overweight or obese. Therefore, it is able to assess your health condition, weight wise, as health risks generally increase with increasing BMI.
What can I do about it if my BMI and weight is not in a good state?
Whether your BMI shows that your health is in good or bad state, you need to plan your calories intake.
If your BMI indicates that you are healthy and your weight is within the healthy range, maintain your calories intake as per your required calories in a day.
If your BMI indicates that you are overweight or obese, gradually reduce your calories intake.
If your BMI indicates that you are underweight, gradually increase your calories intake.
How accurate are my results?
The estimated results are only for your guidance to check, monitor and plan for your health. Results may vary for each individual. It is not suitable for pregnant or nursing women, individual less than 5 feet tall, individuals with chronic kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, or other conditions. Please consult a specialist for nutritional advice.
What are the classifications of the BMI?
BMI classifications and the risk for each classifications are as follow:
|-27.5 and above
||High risk of Heart, Disease and Diabetes
|-23.0 - 27.4
||Moderate risk of Heart, Disease and Diabetes
|-18.5 - 22.9
||Low risk of Heart, Disease and Diabetes (Healthy range)
|-Less than 18.5
||Risk of nutritional deficiency
What are the BMI limitations?
The BMI does not make a distinction between fat and muscle. A person with a lot of muscle (such as an athlete) may have a BMI in the unhealthy range, but still be healthy and have little risk of developing diabetes or having a heart attack. BMI also may not accurately reflect body fatness in people who are under 5 feet and in older people, who tend to lose muscle mass as they age.
What if my result is at the borderline of the classification?
BMI cutoff points are a guide for moderate and high risk and are useful for comparative purposes across populations and over time; however, the health risks associated with overweight and obesity are on a continuum and do not necessarily correspond to rigid cutoff points. For example, an overweight individual with a BMI of 27.4 does not acquire additional health consequences associated with obesity simply by crossing the BMI threshold > 27.5. However, health risks generally increase with increasing BMI.
Is the distribution of weight important?
Excess weight, as measured by BMI, is not the only risk to your health. So is the location of fat on your body. If you carry fat mainly around your waist, you are more likely to develop health problems than if you carry fat mainly in your hips and thighs. This is true even if your BMI falls within the normal range. Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches or men with a waist measurement of more than 40 inches may have a higher disease risk than people with smaller waist measurements because of where their fat lies.