Body Mass Index (BMI) is the standard measure of obesity. BMI takes into account body weight, height, and age. An individual with a BMI equal and above 30 kg/sqm would be called obese. Six hundred fifty million people have a BMI of equal and above 30 kg/square meter (according to WHO estimates).

BMI is, though, an inaccurate measure. For instance, people with a high amount of muscle mass may not be obese but will have a high BMI. Another index for measuring obesity is – the Ponderous index. All of these indices are indicative.

Overweight and obesity are significantly associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and poor health status. Intentional weight loss reduces the risk of overweight people developing diabetes.

Obesity and type 2 diabetes both are preventable and require continuing effort to incorporate a balanced diet and physical activity in the lifestyle. These changes aim to achieve healthy weight loss. (Mokdad et al., 2003)

Cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases are complex diseases triggered by a host of factors.

Therefore let us not jump to conclusions and get ourselves worried sick if we have a BMI.

References:

  1. Natural Solutions for Obesity
  2. Natural Solutions for Cancer
  3. Natural Solutions for Diabetes
  4. Nutrition Facts- A guide to good health

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