BMI in Men

BMI (Body Mass Index) in Men

Body mass index (BMI) is a very important way to gauge overall physical wellness. Not only does it determine if a male is at a healthy weight, but it also assesses their overall risk for various health problems.

Before you go, have a look at the video below about measuring BMI …

Originally called the Quetelet index, it was first devised in the 19th century.  Popularized in the 1970s as the BMI Index, it was emphasized at the time that it was for measuring populations and not meant for individuals.

BMI in Men: Body Mass IndexIt has since grown in popularity among the medical and research establishment and has been criticized for various inconsistencies, like muscle mass and when used for people of very tall heights.  Therefore, it should not be relied upon too heavily and used only as a guide.

There are plenty of charts found online that tell you what your BMI is. This is the amount of body fat you have based on your weight, age, and your height.  It gives you an idea of how much your weight is different from the most desirable weight for your height and age bracket.

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Based upon what you plug into the chart, there is a calculation done and you will get one of the following results:

  • 18.4 or less = underweight
  • 18.5 up to 24.9 = normal weight
  • 25 thru 29.9 = overweight
  • 30 or higher = obese

BMI Formula (caveman method)

Here is the equation with an example of how it works:
BMI = [Weight in Pounds divided by (Height in inches x Height in inches)] x 703

To break that down into simpler terms:

1. Multiply your height in inches times itself. (ex. – 60″ x 60″ = 3600 inches
2. Divide your weight (pounds) by the answer to #1 (ex. – 160 lbs div. by 3600 = 0.044
3. Multiply the answer to #2 times 703. (ex. – 0.044 x 703 = 30.9

What does all this mean to me?
The correlation between degree of ‘fatness’ and Body Mass Index is fairly solid.  The variables are gender, race and age.  Accomplished athletes may display a higher BMI than someone else due to muscle mass.  Women tend to carry more fat than a man at the same BMI.  The same can be said of older individuals –they carry more fat (at the same BMI) than do younger folks.

It is known that visceral fat (abdominal fat) and the large waist measurement that goes with it is a fair predictor of heart disease, diabetes and other problems commonly associated with obese individuals like high blood pressure.

Sadly, our Overweight and obese friends are at an increased risk for contracting a few diseases and health conditions.  Among them are:

  • Dyslipidemia or, lopsided blood chemistry (as in, low HDL cholesterol or high LDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides in the blood)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease (risk of heart attack)
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteo-arthritis
  • Sleep apnea and other respiratory problems
  • Some cancers [endometrial (lining of the uterus), breast, and colon]

If you care about your future, consider lifestyle adjustments …
BMI is an indicator, generally, of a sedentary lifestyle and the risks that accompany that lifestyle.

Falling into the category of being overweight or obese statistically increases a man’s health risk for heart disease and for diabetes and other serious health challenges. That is why it is so important to work hard to eat right, to have good lifestyle habits, and to exercise daily. Making changes to your life now will help you to live a better quality of life later on.

Taking small steps to change your old habits is the way to make it happen without feeling overwhelmed. Set goals that you can realistically stick with. For example, if you smoke or drink, consider letting it go. While there is nothing wrong with a drink now and then, it shouldn’t be a regular part of your routine if you want to lower your BMI.  Smoking will catch up to you sooner or later.  To regularly smoke tobacco products is to stack the odds against you.  Many people quit smoking after they get a health scare.

Why wait until the damage is done?

Do you have any thoughts on or experience with this? If so, why not share them by commenting below.

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External Links to Useful Information:
BMI in Men and Risk Correlation
BMI in Men and Stroke Risk

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2 Responses to “BMI in Men”

  1. Bruce says:

    Hi –

    I’m glad you mentioned about muscle mass not being accurately represented.
    I am an athlete, 205 lbs at 6′-2.

    The BMI formula says I’m slightly overweight but I don’t think so.

    Thanks for the info.


    • Stewart says:

      Hi Bruce –

      Thanks for the note. I am sure you don’t have any weight concerns.
      Good luck in your next event.

      Dave S.

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