BMI, its all you read about everywhere. I am not all that sold on using BMI as one of the indicators for your fitness because there is a lot of controversy around it, but this infographic is pretty interesting.
I actually did a episode on this topic for the Fit4Life Radio show. Check it out,
Body mass index, or BMI, is the most widely used way of measuring body fat, which is worked out by dividing an individual’s body weight in kgs by the square of their height in meters (kg/m2).
With this huge analysis, researchers pooled data coming from nineteen long term studies that followed 1.46 million participants from 5 to 28 years, dependant upon the actual study.
The researchers revealed that healthy women non smoker women that had been overweight were 13% more likely to die within the research follow up time period compared to those having a BMI in between 22.5 and 24.9. Women classified as obese or severely obese stood a significantly higher risk of death. Compared to a BMI of 22.5 to 24.9, the study reported a 44% increased risk of death for those having a BMI of 30.0 to 34.9; an 88% increase in risk of death for individuals with a BMI of 35.0 to 39.9; and a 250% greater risk of death for those whose BMI was 40.0 to 49.9. Outcome was generally equivalent for men. For women and men combined, for each 5 increased BMI units, the study found a 31% increase in risk of death.