An article today from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at NIH provides an excellent background for several of the tools we use, with our members and affiliate coaches, for setting goals and tracking member progress. Our tools include risk calculators and laboratory testing, and so on. NHLBI wrote recently about one valuable tool: Body Mass Index.
For adults, a healthy weight is defined as the appropriate body weight in relation to height. Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated from your height and weight and is a useful measure of overweight and obesity. People who are overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9) have too much body weight for their height.
People who are obese (BMI of 30 or above) almost always have a large amount of body fat in relation to their height. There are exceptions, of course. Big athletes with lots of muscle might have a BMI over 30, but may still have a healthy body composition. They would not be considered obese from the perspective of health risk.
Use a BMI calculator for adults and learn your BMI by entering your height and body weight. Or use the BMI tables on the Aim for a Healthy Weight website.
While we provide the equipment to measure and track body fat for our members, which is very informative, we usually start with calculating BMI and then working backwards on the BMI table to help our members determine their next weight goal. Then we help them track their progress towards that goal.
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