Measurements in the body

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.

Weight level BMI
Under weight Under 18.5
Normal weight 18.5-24.9
Over weight 25-29.9
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.

Health risk Women Men
low Less than 0.8 Less than 0.95
medium 0.8-0.85 0.96-1.0
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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