Losing weight has gained a lot of popularity over the past 2 decades in a developing country like India….it’s quiet a matter of joy and concern because poverty of our country is vanishing; on the other hand metabolic diseases are on the rise. Obesity has strongly proved its association with many diseases like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, infertility and much more including arthritis etc etc.many of the people doesn’t actually know if they really want to lose some pounds of weight…while others are over concerned…theoretically speaking it all depends on the BMI or Body mass index of a person. The body mass index (BMI) or Quetelet index, is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of an individual.
The BMI is defined as the body mass divided by the square of the body height, and is universally expressed in units of kg/m2, resulting from mass in kilograms and height in metres. The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and then categorize that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value. However, there is some debate about where on the BMI scale the dividing lines between categories should be placed. Scientifically, the accepted range of a normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9. Therefore, if you fall under this range, you are in a safe weight zone.
If you are below 18.5, you are categorized underweight. And if you have a BMI of more than 25 but less than 29.9, you are considered overweight. And with a BMI of more than 30, you are considered to fall into the obese category.
Importance of Body Mass Index Calculator
Body Mass Index calculator gives a number which has been related to different health concerns. Proven diseases that come with excess weight are:
Cancers of breast, colon, prostate
Gall Bladder stones
BMI number is found to be very closely related to the risks of developing the two dreaded diseases of our times, Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension.
In a study conducted in the United States, it was found that people with a BMI of 25-29.9 kg/m2 had a 50% increased risk of diabetes compared to the people with BMI ranging between 18-24.9 kg/m2