How Healthy Are You? Focus on your Body Mass Index

As you may have already heard, our latest campaign “How Healthy Are You?” launched 24th June and it will run until 31st August. The campaign will see the Healthy Hearts and Kick It teams hit the streets of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and The City of Westminster.

 

We will be offering residents the chance to get a quick health screening, chat to our staff about some lifestyle related issues, signposting and the opportunity to sign up to Kick It and Healthy Hearts. Alongside carbon monoxide, lung age and blood pressure assessments we will be Body Mass Index (BMI).

What’s BMI?

BMI stands for body mass index. It’s determined by comparing your weight and your height. Your BMI number indicates if you are in the range for your ideal weight, or if you are underweight or overweight.

How To Calculate Your BMI?

BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by height in meters squared. The easiest way to find out your BMI is by using BMI calculator – check your BMI using NHS BMI tool https://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx.

If your BMI is between 18.5 kg/m2 and 24.9 kg/m2, you fall into healthy weight category. However, if BMI is clocked below 18.5 kg/m2, person is considered underweight. BMI of 25 kg/m2 to 30 kg/m2 indicates that the person is overweight, while people with BMI of 30 kg/m2 or over – obese. Generally, if BMI is over 25 kg/m2, the risk of developing long term health conditions increases, while BMI 30+ kg/m2 poses a very high risk. In addition, Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups (BMEs) have a higher risk of developing long term chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. For BME groups, BMI of 23 kg/m2 are considered overweight and are at increased risk, BMI of 27.5 kg/m2 or more is considered obese and marks very high risk.

Weight is like real estate – it’s all about the location

While it is important to maintain a healthy BMI, it’s vital that our waistline does not carry excess levels of visceral fat. Individuals within a healthy BMI, but with excess around the middle are still at risk of developing long term conditions.

Regardless of your height or BMI, you should try to lose weight if your waist is:

  • 94cm (37 inc) or more for men, 90 cm (35 inc) or more for men from BME groups
  • 80cm (31.5 inc) or more for women from any background

Having a (BMI) above the healthy weight range, or too much fat around your waist, can increase your risk of serious health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain cancers.

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