Body Mass Index Chart Directly Proportional to Weight.

Body mass index chart is easy to understand. If your BMI is below 20: This indicates a lean BMI, which means you have a low amount of body fat. If you are an athlete, this can be desirable.

If you are not an athlete, a lean BMI chart can indicate that your weight may be too low which may lower your immunity.

If your body mass and body weight are low, you should consider gaining weight through good diet and exercise habits, to increase your muscle mass.

If you become pregnant this body mass index chart may help you.

You may want to know how much weight should you gain during your pregnancy?

It depends on how much you weighed before you conceived and how appropriate that weight is for your height. The relationship between your height and weight is expressed in a number called a "body mass index," or BMI.

Here are some recommendations for pregnant women from
The Institute of Medicine (IOM):

  • If your pre-pregnancy weight was in the healthy range for your height (a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9), you should gain between 25 and 35 pounds. Gaining 1 to 5 pounds in the first trimester and about 1 pound per week for the rest of your pregnancy for the optimal growth of your baby.
  • If you were underweight for your height at conception (a BMI below 18.5), you should gain 28 to 40 pounds.
  • If you were overweight for your height (a BMI of 25 to 29.9), you should gain 15 to 25 pounds.
  • If you were obese (a BMI of 30 or higher), you should gain between 11 and 20 pounds.
  • If you're having twins, you should gain 37 to 54 pounds if you started at a healthy weight, 31 to 50 pounds if you were overweight, and 25 to 42 pounds if you were obese.

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This is a gadget I found very easy to use, which calculates the BMI (Body / Mass Index) of an individual. BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 years. BMI can be used to indicate if you are overweight, obese, underweight...

If your BMI is between 20 and 22: This indicates the ideal, healthy amount of body fat, which is associated with living longest, and the lowest incidence of serious illness.

Coincidentally, it seems this ratio is what many individuals perceive to be the most aesthetically attractive.

If your BMI is between 22 and 25: This is still considered an acceptable range, and is associated with good health.

If your BMI is between 25 and 30: You are considered “Hefty” and should finds ways to lower your weight, through diet and exercise. You are at increased risk for a variety of illnesses at your present weight. You should lose weight by changing your diet and exercising more.

If your BMI is over 30: This indicates an unhealthy condition, your excess Fat is putting you at risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, gall bladder disease and some cancers. You should lose weight by changing your diet and exercising more.

One variable body mass index chart fails to consider is lean body mass. It is possible for a healthy, muscular individual with very low body fat to be classified obese using the body mass index chart formula. If you are a trained athlete, your weight based on your measured percent body fat would be a better indicator of what you should weigh.

In 1995, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the American Health Foundation issued new guidelines that defines healthy weight as a body mass index chart,(BMI) below 25. In a recent study, 59% of Americans exceeded this weight.

Click here to see BMI ranges in the Canadian weight classification system.

There are many adverse health effects that accompany obesity, the most common being high blood pressure, but including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and an increased risk of death from all causes. Source

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