There are several different ways to measure the body besides our weight and height. And several of these can help determine our health risks.
BMI is one of these. It is the relationship between our weight (kg) and height (m). To determine your BMI divide your weight in kg by your height in meters. This will give you a number ranging from 10 to 50. The chart below will tell you the level that puts you in for your overall weight.
|Under weight||Under 18.5|
|Level 1 obesity||30-34.9|
|Level 2 obesity||35-39.9|
|Level 3 obesity, extreme obesity||Over 40|
Please be aware that if you are very muscular, muscle weighs more than fat and this can schew your BMI to a higher number and yet you are not overweight.
Another measurement that relates to your health risk is waist to hip ratio. For this measurement, measure your waist at the level of the naval or belly button and then measure the hips at the widest part of the hips. Measurements should be in inches. Then divide the waist measurement by the hips measurement. This will give you a number between 0.5 and 1.5. The chart below will give you your health risk.
|low||Less than 0.8||Less than 0.95|
|high||Greater than 0.86||Greater than 1.0|
These two numbers can help you identify your health risk relative to the measurements of your body and can tell you more than just your weight.
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