Friday, June 20, 2008

What's Your Perfect Body Weight?

  • Over 40 is defined as extremely obese.
  • Over 30 is considered obese. People with BMIs of 30 or more are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. People with BMIs in this range have an increased risk of heart and blood vessel disease.
  • Between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered a healthy BMI.
  • Under 18.5 is consider underweight.
Some people with dense muscle mass may have a high BMI score but very little body fat. For them, it may be more accurate to choose waist circumference or another direct method to measure body fat.

Being overweight or obese also increases your risk of dying from cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers determined that overweight and obesity may account for 20 percent of all cancer deaths in U.S. women and 14 percent in U.S. men. Their work also supported previous studies that linked overweight and obesity to cancers of the uterus, kidney, esophagus, gallbladder, colon and rectum, and breast (in postmenopausal women). The researchers also found that many types of cancer that were not previously linked to obesity were, in fact, affected by excess body weight. Those included cancers of the liver, pancreas, prostate, cervix, ovary, and stomach (in men), as well as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

To maintain a healthy body composition, the American Cancer Society is recommends balancing calorie intake with physical activity by eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables every day, choosing whole grains over processed grains, and limiting red meat. Individuals should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week or more.


  1. Thank you for this info- I wondered how to calulate BMI. Dannelle

  2. great entry

  3. My last body fat count was at the gym.  Used something that looked like a Nintendo controller.  I started at a body fat of 38 and after 1 month I was at 35.  Making some progress... but takes a lot of hard work!!

  4. I know the body weight I am now is not my ideal weight, Love Lisa