What is my Body Mass Index (BMI) and does it matter?
- Amount of physical activity
- Waist circumference
- Ratio of waist to hip measurements
- Distribution of body fat
What conditions am I at higher risk of with a high BMI?
A normal BMI is 19-25 (calculated as kg/m2). Overweight is from 25 to 30 and obese is above 30. As BMI goes up, the risk for certain conditions increases and the projected life span decreases. These conditions include:
What factors can make it hard to reduce BMI?
Many factors can influence your ability to lose weight. Some causes of weight gain and hindrances to weight loss can include:
- Allergies and food intolerances
- Hormone imbalances including PMS, PCOS, perimenopause, menopause and andropause
- Thyroid hormone dysfunction
- Insulin resistance
- Toxicity or poor detoxification
- Inflammation -fluid weight gain
- Stress hormones
- Sleep deprivation
- Yeast infection
- Lack of exercise
- Lack of water
- Lack of dietary fibre