What is your BMI?

This is the time of year when the leaves come down but our weight goes up! Let’s see if I can be of some help to you. First off, let’s determine whether or not you really need to “drop a few” pounds. The reality of it all may be that you don’t need to lose any weight, or that you need to lose more than just a “few” pounds. In medicine, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to classify one as being underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese

To calculate your BMI, divide your weight in pounds by the product of your height in inches times itself, and then multiply by 703. (See calculation below.) For example, a person who weighs 220 pounds and is 6 feet and 3 inches (or 75 inches) tall has a BMI of 27.5.

      220     x 703 = 27.5    
(75 x 75)

Your calculated BMI can then be applied to the following weight classification chart: 

BMI Weight Classification
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal Weight
25 – 29.9 Overweight
30 and Above Obese

A BMI of 27.5, as shown in the example above, is indicative of an overweight person.

The BMI is directly related to your life expectancy. Research has proven that your BMI can also be combined with other personal facts to help give you an idea of how long you are predicted to live.

For example:

If your Body Mass Index is the same as it was when you were 21, add 10 years.

  • If your BMI is between 25-30, take off 2-5 years. If your BMI is more than 30, take off at least 10 years.
  • If your BMI is over 30 and if you smoke less than 20 cigarettes per day, take off 2 years. If you smoke 20 – 40 cigarettes, take off 7 years. If you smoke more than 40 cigarettes, take off 12 years.

These suggestions are based on an average life expectancy of 75 years and 80 years for men and women, respectively.

Based on your BMI, if you need directions on how to shed a few pounds, start by taking the following steps:

  • Eat 5-6 small meals (as opposed to 3 large meals) per day
  • Drink the recommended amount of water. Your weight in pounds ÷ 2 = the ounces of water you should drink each day
  • Eat at least one vegetarian (high fiber and no meat) meal per day
  • Eliminate all red meat and pork from your diet
  • If you’re an habitual sweets eater, limit your intake to one day weekly. Never have them in your immediate possesion (home, car, office, etc.)
  • Engage in moderate-intensity exercise (e.g., brisk walking, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming, bicycling) for no less than 30 minutes and at least 3 or more days per week
  • If your BMI is greater than 40 and you want to consider surgical intervention, contact experts at www.harperbmi.org or 1.877.362.9898 (DMD-W8W8)
  • Join us in ridding ourselves of the No. 1 source of calories: SODA POP. November is our official NO SODA POP month. To learn more about how you can take the pledge and immediately start reducing those extra calories, visit the website, http://www.sinaigrace.org/say-no-to-soda-pop.

It is my belief that you are the molder of your character and the maker and shaper of your condition, environment and destiny. Learn more about how to control your circumstances by reading one of my favorite books entitled “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen. Pay close attention to the chapters he named The Thought-Factor in Achievement and Effect of Thought in Health and the Body.

My friends, please keep sharing your thoughts about our NOVEMBER IS NO SODA POP MONTH, and feel free to ask questions or recommend subsequent blog topics.

I wish you peace and love,

Dr. Reginald Eadie
Sinai-Grace Hospital

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Please note that the views expressed by Dr. Eadie through PagingDrEadie.com are that of the individual only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Detroit Medical Center.

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