In our current society, a lot of people are dead to be too fat. Of course it is indeed important to stay on a healthy weight – but that does not mean that every lobe belly fat is immediately a death sentence, and also that you do not have to press the line when a pound is added!
You can also be perfectly healthy without having the body of a super model. Do you doubt whether you are becoming too heavy – or too light -? Then you can get an indication of your health by calculating your BMI . What is a healthy BMI ? You will learn it below!
First let’s see what we mean by a ‘healthy weight’. Put simply, that simply means that you are not too heavy, and not too light – the latter is often overlooked by many people. We know from overweight that it increases the risk of certain diseases and disorders: people with obesity get diabetes type 2, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer more quickly .
All those excess pounds can also cause back and joint complaints. Underweight , however, is no less dangerous: it means that you have a shortage of all kinds of essential nutrients, and it can therefore, among other things, cause extreme energy shortages and a malfunctioning immune system.
What is the BMI?
BMI is an abbreviation for Body Mass Index (an index that is also called the Quetelet Index). This index looks at the ratio between your weight and your body length, in order to see if your weight falls within a healthy limit.
It is therefore not about what people often find beautiful, or about your body composition; a healthy BMI means purely and simply that you have no overweight or underweight. When calculating the BMI, keep in mind that it can only be used in people between the ages of 18 and 70: it does not say much outside that age frame.
As mentioned before, the BMI indicates the ratio between your weight and your body length. You therefore only need those two data (in kilos and meters, respectively) to calculate this index!
The formula for your BMI is as follows: weight / (length x length). So if you are 1.70 meters and weigh 60 kilos, you have a BMI of 60 / (1.7×1.7) = 20.8. If you find it too much hassle to calculate your BMI manually, you can also find all kinds of calculation assistants online where you can calculate this index.
What is a healthy BMI?
In general it is said that a BMI between 20 and 25 is healthy. Only under 18.5, however, there is medical underweight, so on that side there is still some play. There is less room for overweight: above 25, a BMI indicates that you are overweight, and over 30 there is obesity, or dangerous overweight.
Incidentally, it should be noted here that the boundaries for some population groups are slightly different: Asians, for example, have a different physique, so that a healthy BMI differs for them from that of Europeans.
Disadvantages of BMI
Do you have a healthy BMI, then that is nice – but what if your calculations show that you are too heavy? Then you do not always have to worry very much. The BMI has one major disadvantage: the index was originally intended to assess averages for larger groups, not to determine the health of individuals.
It often gives a good indication, but can give very different results under certain circumstances. If you are quite muscular, you are often overweight, for example, because your muscle tissue is heavier than fatty tissue and the index does not take into account body composition. Always use your common sense and do not blindly go down on a number!