This is a question most people don’t even like to consider; and I understand that! I have spend my entire life fighting the battle of the bulge. For many years I hated what I saw in the mirror because it didn’t add up to my vision of what a perfect body should look like. Although I don’t want you to obsess about your weight as much as I have it is important to know if you are in the normal, overweight or obese category to assess your risk for diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. It has been shown that 65% of Canadians are overweight and 35% are obese. What is even worse is that 18% of children are considered obese. This is NOT cool and it needs to change. Guess what it starts with us all taking control of our own health!
How do you know if you are overweight?
There are a couple of easy ways to assess your risk and determine if it is necessary to seek help or make better lifestyle choices.
1) Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) – BMI has been used for many years to “provide an objective ratio between the relationship between body weight and height” (ACE Personal Trainer Manual, 2014). Although not a perfect determinate of risk, especially for individuals are are very muscular or very obese, it is still a good general guide.
To determine your own personal BMI:
weight (kg)/[height (in) x height (in)]
If you are:
- Below 18.5 you are underweight and it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a health professional who can guide you on how to gain weight safely and in a healthy way.
- Between 18.5 and 24.9 you are in the normal range and can keep up the good work!
- Between 25.0 and 29.9 you are overweight and it is recommended that you start considering some better lifestyle choices such as cleaner eating and increased activity.
- Between 30.0 and 34.9 you are in the Grade I obesity category
- Between 35.0 and 39.9 you are in the Grade II obesity category
- Above 40 you are in the Grade III obesity category
- If you are in any of the obesity categories it is recommended that you seek medical attention and get on a healthy lifestyle program immediately to reduce your risk.
2) Determine you girth measurement – This measurement is a good predictor of health risk as waist girth circumference correlates to heart disease.
To measure your waist girth wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of the torso.
A healthy waist girth number is <35 inches for women and <40 inches for men.
Once you have determined your numbers you can assess your health risk. If you are concerned about your health and would like more information on how to make healthier choices and get your health back to where you want it to be please click here to contact me for a FREE 30 minute consultation or visit my website at www.RachelJoyOlsen.com for more information.
You may also begin making healthy choices by learning more about what some of these choices are. In my book, The Magic of Living Nutrition, you will be guided through various lifestyle techniques, complete the reflection questions to determine what changes are best for you and gain a thorough understanding of how to add more healing food to your diet to release excess body fat.