How do we know if we’re overweight—and how do we know how much? One method is the Body Mass Index—BMI for short.
You can find BMI calculators online, but to calculate your own BMI, here’s the formula: Multiply your weight by 703. Now, divide that number by your height in inches squared.
For example, I weigh 194. I’m 5’9″ tall, or 69″. 69 x 69 = 4761.
So for me, 194 x 703 = 136382 / 4761 = 28.65 BMI. That means I’m overweight. Not far enough from obese for my own comfort.
Calculate your own. Here’s what the results mean:
Below 18.5 Underweight
30.0 and above Obese
According to a CBS news report last night:
- Two-thirds, more than 190 million Americans are overweight or obese.
- Obesity-related diseases are a $147 billion dollar medical burden every year.
- Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. AND, 3 out of 4 children in a Houston hospital study were found to be overweight or obese.
- This may be the first generation since the Civil War to have a shorter life expectancy than the previous generation.
These are scary statistics. I want to share a long and healthy life with my family and friends. How about you?