To be sure we are all on the same page, BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a measure of body fat based upon one’s height and weight. Specifically, it is a person’s mass in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. There are several calculators available to automatically calculate your BMI by providing your weight in pounds and your height in the typical feet and inches. I highly suggest that you seek out and determine your BMI. Their are several websites that will provide a calculator, simply submit your height and weight. My favorite is www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index.html.
Of course, a lower BMI is good. A healthy weight is to have a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. 25 to 29.9 one is considered overweight and over 30 it’s obese. I do not see it as a common problem in the U.S. but if one reports a BMI less than 18.5, it is an indication of being underweight. A low weight is usually associated with serious illness or injury.
It is a high BMI that is of concern. No doubt many of you have heard this before, but being obese and having a high BMI puts one at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
What prompted this blog was what I read in the Tuesday, August 18, 2015 issue of Investor’s Business Daily. U.K. researchers noted that “active” commuters to work, that is those who cycled, walked, or event took the bus to work had a significant drop in their BMI compared to driving. Meanwhile switching from walking or taking the train to driving gave way to an increase in BMI.
No surprise to me. In short, it all comes down to exercise. And walking is good for all of us…simply said…pure and simple.