Your doctor may start monitoring your BMI on your next visit. They check your blood pressure, your heart rate, and your temperature. Why not your BMI? Doctors are now being encouraged to treat your BMI like another vital sign. Body Mass Index --- the ratio of your height to your weight--- has been used to indicate whether a person is overweight or obese. Doctors are now being asked to monitor their patients’ BMIs in order to perform obesity screening and provide counseling. Obesity (identified as a BMI of greater than 30) has been linked to a higher risk for health-related issues such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as proven to take years off of a person’s life expectancy. Being aware of your BMI and working with a doctor or dietitian to reduce your numbers can have a huge impact on your health. Do you know your BMI?
What is Your BMI?
Submitted by Jeatwell on June 3, 2012 - 6:51pm
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