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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Differentiate between obesity and overweight. Find out your BMI and compare it with the BMI chart.


Although the terms overweight and obesity may sound alike, they are two different things.


What is considered overweight?


Overweight is defined as any weight in excess of weight recommendations for a given person (> 18 years) in the desirable weight table (see the table below).

Heighta (IN.)
Weight (LB)

Men
Women
60

109 ± 9b
62

115 ± 9
64
133 ± 11
122 ± 10
66
142 ± 12
129 ± 10
68
151 ± 14
136 ± 10
70
159 ± 14
144 ± 11
72
167 ± 15
152 ± 12
74
175 ± 15


a = Heights and weights without shoes and other clothing.
= Desirable weight for a small framed woman at this height would be approximately 109 lb. minus 9 lb., or a total of 100 lb; for an average framed  woman, 109 lb.; for a large framed woman 109 lb. plus 9 lb., or a total of 118 lb.
Source: Food and Nutrition Board, National Research Council

Causes of overweight

The cause of excess weight might include:
  • Excess fat.
  • Extra-heavy skeletal framework.
  • Excessively muscular physique due to weight lifting or prolonged physical activity. 
A person can be overweight without being fat. Studies of college freshmen show 23 percent of the male students and 36 percent of the female students are overweight!