Excessive weight can impact your health in several ways. It can increase your likelihood of heart disease . It can heighten your risk of stroke. It can also contribute to the onset of type 2 diabetes. For all these reasons and more, it’s essential to maintain a healthy weight throughout your life. However, the number you see on the scale should not be your single determinant of a healthy weight. Healthcare providers instead recommend that people calculate their BMI, or body mass index, on a regular basis to better assess if their weight is in a healthy range.
What is body mass index?
Body mass index is a calculation that determines if your weight is adequate for your height. Individuals with BMI readings of less than 18.5 are considered underweight. People who have BMIs between 18.5 and 24.9 are of average weight, while individuals with BMIs of 25 to 29.9 fall into the overweight range. If a BMI reading is above 30, it indicates obesity.
Why is body mass index important?
Few people can adequately assess if their weight is healthy by looking in the mirror or stepping onto a scale. Often they underestimate their weight’s implications, assuming that a few extra pounds cannot significantly affect their health. On the contrary, even an additional five or 10 pounds can harm your wellbeing. By calculating your BMI, you can instantly know whether you need to make changes to your lifestyle habits for a healthier weight.
How can you maintain a healthy body mass index?
The basic components to achieving a healthy body mass index are eating right and exercising regularly. Though some people may not immediately recognize their impact on their BMI, both stress and smoking can also contribute to excessive weight and should be managed and eliminated, respectively. If you are obese and cannot decrease your weight on your own, consult a bariatric weight loss specialist for assistance.
MountainView Hospital’s Las Vegas surgical weight loss center can help you achieve a healthy weight. To find out more about our hospital’s weight loss services, call our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 233-5474 for a consultation.