When Your Body Mass Index Reads Obesity, What’s Next?

When Your Body Mass Index Reads Obesity, What’s Next?

If you've been declared to have body mass index obesity, you may be wondering if you're truly obese and if so, what you should do about it. There are a whole host of questions associated with obesity: at what point does obesity become morbid obesity, what is my ideal body weight, does my percent body fat support the BMI claim that I am obese, and how much is a subscription to Weight Watchers? If you're being plagued with any of these questions, this informational may help ease your mind.

To answer the questions presented above: morbid obesity is classified as having a BMI of 40.0 or above; your ideal body weight may be estimated by your BMI, but will vary depending on your body shape; you can check an online body fat calculator; and Weight Watcher's rates may be found on their website. Now that that's out of the way, more important and detailed information follows...

Understanding BMI

Firstly, you should know that BMI is frequently not an accurate indication of your level of health. BMI is based only on your height and weight, which isn't necessarily indicative of your health. Muscle tissue is denser than fat, so bodybuilders and the like may be declared obese when they are far from it. Your body shape may also affect your BMI, so be aware that being "big boned" does not constitute obesity before you accept the BMI calculator's output as fact.

Body Fat Percentage

That said, obesity is a real problem and should not be lightly dismissed - it's just important to make sure that being considered obese is based on more than BMI. You can double-check the validity of a BMI calculation by figuring out your body fat percentage. There are body fat percentage calculators that can easily be found online. To calculate your percent body fat, you'll need to take some specific measurements that require slightly more effort than the height and weight of BMI, but yield far more credible results when it comes to your health.

Fighting Obesity

If you've checked your body fat percentage and have found that you are in fact obese, you can take steps to work your way down to a healthy weight.

You should set a weight loss goal, using BMI as a general guideline and body fat percentage to ensure your goal is reachable and healthy. You can start a diet and ease into exercise; just make sure the diet you choose provides sufficient nutrition so you aren't starving yourself and harming your metabolism.

With some dedication, you can lose weight healthily to get into a good weight range for your body type.