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Body composition

DIET MATTERS TO EVERY BODY

Whether you want to shed a few pounds, put a few on, reduce your body fat or add muscle, the healthy way to do it is through exercise and diet. As a rule of thumb, consuming more energy (calories) than you use will result in weight gain, while consuming less energy than you use will result in weight loss.

Two easy ways to check your weight status

 

Body Mass Index (BMI)

This is a simple calculation which involves dividing your weight (in kilograms) by the square of your height (in meters) i.e. weight(kg) / height m2. 

CLASSIFICATION

  • UNDERWEIGHT
  • HEALTHY NORMAL
  • OVERWEIGHT
  • OBESE

KG/m2

  • Less than 18.5
  • 18.5 to 24.9
  • 25.0 to 29.9
  • Greater than or equal to 30.0
Waist Size

Position a measuring tape around your waist and measure waist size (circumference) at the halfway point between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone. Check your measurement against the figures below.

WAIST SIZE

  • INCREASED RISK

Men

  • Greater than 40" (102 cm)

Women

  • Greater than 35" (88 cm)

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