One of the biggest concerns for women is their weight. A world of ultra-thin models and unrealistic weight goals has contributed to increasing numbers of anorexic and bulimic women, but another side of the weight issue has claimed more attention lately—obesity.
Obesity means having too much body fat and is determined by a person’s body mass index, or BMI, which measures weight in relation to height.
A person’s BMI is calculated by a formula established by the National Institutes of Health:
(weight*703)/height² = BMI
Weight (in pounds) multiplied by 703 and divided by height (in inches) squared
For example, a person who weighs 180 pounds and is five feet four inches tall would have a BMI of 30.89. An adult with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese and is at risk for health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Solutions for people who are obese can include a variety of diets and even bariatric surgery, a safe and proven way to produce significant weight loss for morbidly obese people. For more information, visit bariatric.sw.org.