What Does a 35.1 BMI Mean?

A body mass index of 35.1 falls into an unhealthy range. A majority percent of the American population have a BMI that is in the overweight or obese weight ranges, according to the Weight-control Information Network. Having a healthy BMI is important as it not only improves the quality of your life but also reduces your risk for certain health problems.

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Body Mass Index

The BMI helps you determine if you are at a healthy weight for your height. Using a simple calculation, the BMI places you into a healthy weight, overweight, underweight or obese category. The BMI is not a diagnostic tool. It is a screening tool for your health because it suggests where your weight falls. It does not diagnose any health problems.

Calculation and Categories

The BMI calculation is based on your height in inches and weight in pounds. While you can use an online calculator, you can also compute your BMI by hand. Take your weight in pounds and multiply it by 703. Then divide that number by your height in inches, and divide it again by your height in inches. The resulting number places you into your correct weight category. A BMI of 18.5 or below is underweight, 18.5 to 24.9 is a healthy weight, 25 to 29 is overweight and a BMI above 30 is obese.

Health Risks

A BMI of 35.1 places you into the obese category, which places you at risk for many health problems. As an obese person, you are more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart attack, heart disease, sleep apnea, depression and stroke. Day-to-day life may also be harder because simple tasks may become harder to accomplish when carrying around extra weight.

Considerations

If your BMI is in the unhealthy range, consider making lifestyle changes. Choosing to eat a healthy diet filled with lean meats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products and nuts will help you lose weight. Monitoring your caloric intake by eating smaller-portion sizes will also help you lower your BMI. Exercise five days a week for 30 minutes each day to stay healthy and reach a better BMI.

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