Wellness Pathway #265 The Weight / Waist Balance

You have perhaps heard about the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is one way to determine if your weight is in the optimal range. The BMI is a mathematical formula that uses height and weight to classify people as underweight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese. 

To calculate your BMI you can either use a Web calculator, such as www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi, or you can calculate it yourself by multiplying your weight in pounds by 703, then dividing the result by your height in inches squared. This formula can be written mathematically as BMI = (W x 703) / (H x H) where W = Weight in pounds and H = Height in inches. Using the metric system, BMI = W in Kilograms / (Height in Meters) x (Height in Meters).

A Body Mass Index of 18.5 to 24.9 is the recommended range. Below 18.5 is considered underweight, 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while 30 and above is obese. By this scale, two-thirds of all Americans are either overweight or obese. Which, of course, is not a good thing. But just how bad is it?

That depends, it turns out, on your waist size. If your BMI is in the 25 to 34.9 range and if your waist is less than 35 inches (89 centimeters) for women and 40 inches (101 centimeters) for men, then your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic weight-related illnesses is significantly lower than people with the same BMI and larger waists. (People with a BMI above 35 are at higher risk regardless of waist size.)

This does not mean that you can ignore your BMI. Weighing the recommended amount with a trim waist is perfect. But if you are on the high side when it comes to your BMI, you can mitigate your risk by keeping your waist size down. And, of course, that means exercise of not only the abdominal muscles but of the whole body on a regular basis.

So pay attention to the weight / waist balance. Look at the scale and at the measuring tape. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight will pay big dividends for those who are overweight or obese (such as reducing your risk of Type-2 Diabetes by 25%). Keeping your waist line in check is another way to promote optimal health.

Coaching Inquiries: What is your BMI? Is it in the recommended range? How could you gain or lose the necessary weight to get that range? What does your waistline measure? Is it in the recommended range? How could exercise your way to fitness and health?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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