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The  most common   way to assess weight health is the Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body Mass Index chart

The use of the chart is fairly simple, you run a horizontal line at your height and a vertical line at your weight; the zone where  the intersection point point of these two lines lies on the chart the chart is either

  • Underweight
  • Healthy
  • Overweight
  • Obese
  • Extremely Obese

Good starting point, but how much of the health story does the BMI chart tell?

The US Government’s NIDDK: “Understanding Adult Obesity ”   is very clear and well done.

Quoting : “…Health care professionals are concerned not only with how much fat a person has, but also where the fat is located on the body….Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches and men with a waist measurement of more than 40 inches may have more health risks than people with lower waist measurements because of their body fat distribution….”

Typical of the efforts to quantify obesity and it’s risks are researchers creating new index tool for example

Obesity gets actually even more complex, women can have a normal weight, and still be internally “obese” by some definition.  Click Here for the Swiss study: “Normal weight obesity: Relationship with lipids, glycaemic status, liver enzymes and inflammation“  Quoting “..  Normal weight obesity (NWO) is defined as an excessive body fat associated with a normal body mass index (BMI)…..Normal Weight Obesity  is almost nonexistent in men. Women with NWO present with higher cardiovascular risk factors than lean women, while no differences were eight found for liver or inflammatory markers. Specific screening of NWO might be necessary in order to implement cardiovascular prevention..”   Warning: this link is not to provide pseudo-rationalzation to women suffering from anorexia nervosa (see Wikipedia), If you’re concerned,  go see you health practionner, and let him assess your body fat…

To be continued…

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Juliette T. Mathis says:

    ………..Normal weight ranges for women are obtained by comparing body fat with height and coming up with averages based on the womans height.

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