Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 54—Your BMI (No, not BMW) January 8, 2010

It's easier to get where you're going if you know where you are NOW.

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

18.5—24.9               Normal

25.0—29.9              Overweight

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?


2 Responses to “Day 54—Your BMI (No, not BMW)”

  1. Stacy Says:

    Great blog! I never knew how to figure out BMI, and I don’t like my number either. 😦 I bought a scale last night and am gathering up the motivation to get on the treadmill and start a new habit for 2010.

  2. derice1022 Says:

    Thanks, and right on! That’s what this blog is all about. 🙂

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