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BMI management involves more than how much you weight. If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your health, chances are you’ve stepped on a scale. But the number you see flashing back at you — and whether you can fit into your favorite pair of pants — can do a lot more than cause you anxiety. That's where a body mass index (BMI) management plan may help.
BMI is a measurement calculated from weight and height. It can inform you and your doctor if you are at the proper weight, and when combined with other numbers like your cholesterol and blood sugar, gives you a better picture of your overall health.
Let's take a closer look at BMI, what information is critical to a good management plan and how that plan may help you.
Before you can put a management plan together, you must first understand what makes up your BMI. It is a measure of relative size based on your height and weight. When looking at a person’s size, BMI does not take into account age, sex, race or muscle mass, all of which could contribute to someone’s size. Use this National Institute of Health BMI calculator to find yours.
BMI is measured on the following scale:
BMI management not only means maintaining a healthy weight, but also includes knowing other numbers like your cholesterol and blood pressure. Having this information available can help keep you healthy longer and alert you to when something might be wrong. Maintaining a healthy weight and knowing your numbers can give you:
Is the number you see when you calculate your BMI a good indicator of how healthy you are? Opponents of the BMI say it isn’t because it doesn’t take into account your overall fat and/or muscle composition. Others argue BMI is flawed because it doesn’t look at waist size — a true indicator of obesity.
However, researchers did a recent study that found excess BMI is associated with substantially shorter life expectancies.
The important thing to remember is that a good a good BMI management plan is made up of several factors: