Saturday, January 29, 2011

Your Body Mass Index Indicates Your Longevity. Take It Seriously!

Body Mass Index, or BMI is becoming a buzz word in the medical, health and fitness circles.  Read further down about how your BMI is an indicator of your mortality.  Yikes!

Do you know yours?  I just had an evaluation at the gym where I work out.  We talk about BMI a lot at Usana Health Sciences.  It's important.

In the comprehensive study explained below, the risk of mortality rose with increasing body mass index categories, with women whose BMI was 40 - 46.9 having 2.5 times the risk of death from all causes than those with a BMI of 22.5 to 24.9.  Risks among men were similar.

So how did I do?  My BMI today is 24.  Whew!  Just made it.  My metabolic age (meaning what age would I be according to these tests) is 19 years younger than my chronologic age.  That's great.  But I still have to drink more water (I'm dehydrated) and take at least 3 inches off my waist (that's where you don't want extra fat if you don't want a heart attack).

A high body-mass index (BMI) is associated with increased mortality from cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, but the precise relationship between BMI and all-cause mortality remains uncertain.

A large analysis reported in the December 2, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine confirms the relationship between being overweight or obese and a greater risk of dying from all causes.

An international team of researchers pooled data from 19 prospective studies totaling 1,462,958 white male and female participants between the ages of 19 and 84.  Body mass indes (BMI), calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of their height in meters, was determined for all subjects.  The participants were followed for periods that ranged from a maximum of 7 to 28 years, during which 160,087 deaths occured.

Upon enrollment, the average BMI was 26.2  Compared with women whose body mass index was between 22.5 and 24.9  A BMI of 25 to 29.9 was associated with a 13 percent greater risk of death over the period of follow-up.

Have your Body Mass Index tested by a qualified personal trainer or health professional.  Then, do whatever it takes to be on the healthy side of the measurements.

Deanna Waters  1-204-237-8250
Dedicated to healthy lifestyles and healthy homes
Let me show you ways to get your BMI to a healthy number

Response to Andy's comment:  Thanks for your input Andy.  It's true that the BMI is just one of the measurements taken for a health assessment.  While not complete, it does give an indication if you could exercise more, eat less and more wisely.

For my latest test, they took my weight, muscle mass, BMR, bone mass, viseral, scale age, water percentage, waist size and skin fold.  If you have extra fat around your middle, it's a good idea to make an extra effort to get that down. 

1 comment:

  1. Hey there Deanna,

    Love your blog! Lots of great, useful information in there :) Keep up the great work!

    Just wanted to mention something really quick (it's the personal trainer in me!) - the BMI definitely is important and has its place in health and wellness, BUT (yes, a BUT!) people need to keep in mind that this shouldn't be the only deciding factor on whether a person is at increased risk for certain health issues. See, the BMI only takes TWO factors; your height and your weight. This can create some misconceptions.

    First one is - muscle weighs more than fat. Take two people, side by side. Their height and weight is the same, therefore they have the same BMI, right? But visually - you can see that one is muscular and toned while the other is basically overweight and soft. Their body composition is entirely different, despite having the same BMI! For instance, take Andy Studebaker, NFL linebacker and USANA Associate - the Kansas City Chiefs roster has him listed at 6'3" and 248 lbs. According to the BMI measurements, he falls in at a BMI of 31. He's OBESE!! But wait, how can this be? He works out daily, he's a freakin' NFL linebacker, for gosh's sakes! He's in peak condition.

    The missing component here? The body composition. To me, this is a more telling sign of a person's risk factors than just the BMI alone. Personally, at 5'8" and 190, my BMI is 28.9, and according to this, I'm considered "overweight". Honestly, I could stand to lose a couple of pounds, but I do work out on a regular basis and have a fair bit of muscle, so that skews the BMI result. My body composition, however, is around 23%...ideally should be 13-18%. Go to for more information.

    Again, keep up the awesome work, Deanna! :)

    ~Andy Nelson