BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight and has an important affect on women’s health. The range for BMI is as follows:
|Underweight||less than 18.5|
|Normal Weight||18.5 – 24.9|
|Overweight||25 – 29.9|
|Obesity||30 or greater|
The goal is to be in the normal weight range which constitutes a BMI within the range of 18.5 to 24.9. If you are over or under this number, it can put you at risk for a variety of health complications. Women who are overweight or even obese are at an increased risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. Being overweight or obese can also negatively affect a women’s fertility.
If you are underweight (BMI less than 18.5), this can also put you at risk for health problems including under nourishment, anemia and osteoporosis. Being severely underweight can also negatively affect a woman’s fertility.
If you are severely under or over your ideal BMI, the New Year is a great time to get started on a health regimen that will lead to a healthy BMI and improved overall health. Developing healthier habits such as eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, exercising regularly and drinking an adequate amount of water can go along way in improving your BMI and your overall health. Remember, it is important to talking to your doctor before making any significant changes in your diet and before adopting an exercise routine. Your doctor can help you come up with a plan that is best-suited for your particular situation. On the behalf of Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., we wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!