BMI and Men

Body Mass Index is used to determine the amount of body fat you are storing. The score, once assessed, will indicate whether or not you are at risk for heart disease by ascertaining if you are underweight or overweight.

The following scores can be used to determine a male’s BMI:

* A score below 18.5 indicates underweight.
* A score of 18.5 to 24.9 indicates normal weight.
* A score of 25.0 to 29.9 indicates overweight.
* A score of 30.0 or above indicates obesity.

The Body Mass Index or BMI not only assesses body fat, but measures your weight “relative to height as well as waist circumference.” Additional risk factors include cholesterol, triglyceride, sugar, blood pressure, heart disease in family, sedentary lifestyle, and smoking.

In order to obtain your BMI, you can have a test done by setting up an appointment with your doctor. He or she will then assess your BMI along with waist measurement and any other risk factors which might contribute to disease. According to the National Institutes of Health if the waist measurement is “over 40 inches, you may be at risk.”

It is well known that obesity is a contributing factor to heart disease. In addition, diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer, and high blood pressure can also be attributed to a high BMI index. Studies show; however, that losing 10% of your body fat can decrease the risk of developing any one of these diseases.

It is recommended that any male who feels he is overweight take the BMI test to determine what category he falls under based on the BMI score. It should be noted that the score may be high in athletes and others who have a large muscular build. Conversely, it may also denote a lower score in older men and those who have lost muscle mass.