Just wondering, how many guys/gals in here keep an eye on there Body Mass Index, as closely as they keep an eye on their weight? It doesn't seem to come up in this forum very often.
It seems to be a better indicator of the risk to my mortality than a raw weight figure because it factors in a person's height, as well as their weight.
At 225# my overall weight doesn't seem as morbidly dangerous as some of the figures quoted in here, but when I factor in my height of only 5'10, and arrive at a BMI of 37.....it's sobering. A BMI of 40 is considered by health professionals to be "morbidly obese". It doesn't sound good.
There are different scales, but by and large the following BMIs seem to be accepted:
< 20 = Underweight
20 - 25 = OK
25 - 30 = Overweight
30 - 35 = Obese
35 - 40 = Severely Obese
40+ = Morbidly Obese
I am now in the habit of calculating my BMI whenever I weigh myself. The BMI threshholds give me goals to shoot for as well the poundage.