Here’s my take on some of the questions asked in the previous post:
1. What is the BMI?
- The BMI, or body mass index, is an approximate measure of a person’s degree of “fatness.” It is computed using the formula BMI = weight in kg/height in meters squared. An alternative formula is BMI = (weight in pounds x 703)/height in inches squared
- For asians, the normal BMI is from 18.5-23, overweight is 23-25, obese is more than 25. These are lower than the values for non-asians (normal is 18.5-25, overweight is 25-30, obese is > 30) since asians have leaner, smaller bodies as compared to non-asians.
- A BMI of less than 18.5 would mean a person is underweight and malnourished, making that person prone to certain infections and other illnesses. As the BMI goes over the overweight levels, the risk in developing cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension, and diabetes also increases.
- The BMI is however biased against muscular individuals since the BMI may be elevated due to the heavier muscle mass, rather than due to increased fatty deposits.
2. When is the best time to check one’s weight?
- I agree that the best time to get one’s weight is during the morning, upon waking. It is during this time that a person is “driest,” lessening the effect of food and liquid intake. However, the focus shouldn’t just be on the “absolute” weight, it should be noted relative to your BMI, and body fat percentage.
to be continued….