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Body Mass Index

 

Body Mass Index, abbreviated BMI, is a valuable indicator that physicians use today to measure the body fat of their patients, both children and adults. By taking into account your height and weight, you can very simply find out if you are underweight, at normal weight, or overweight.

 

Knowing your BMI is very important, as being overweight can increase the risks of certain diseases. High blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, and other heart complications (such as heart attack or stroke) can be contributed to being overweight. Combining healthy, balanced meals with exercise can lead to a more healthy body and decrease your risk for diseases associated with being overweight.

 

http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ReportsResearch/ucm081857.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9846588

http://online.lexi.com/lco/action/doc/retrieve/docid/hpals/945008

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