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KEEPING A HEALTHY WEIGHT
When it comes to kidney
BODY MASS INDEX (BMI)
disease, it is really important that
you maintain a healthy weight.
Being either overweight or
underweight can pose problems
for your health that will have a
knock-on effect on your kidneys.
Being overweight or obese
increases your blood pressure,
increases your level of bad
cholesterol, makes your heart and
lungs work harder and also
increases your risk of developing
diabetes.
On the other hand, if you are
underweight, you run the risk of
malnutrition. Not having the right BMI FORMULAS
nutrients in your body can affect
METRIC BMI FORMULA
your immune system and make it Weight in kilograms / (height in metres x height in metres).
harder to fight off infection. It will
For example: if you are BMI = 1.75m x 1.75m = 3.062
also leave you feeling listless and
1.75 metres high and weigh 73 kgs 73kgs ÷ 3.062 = 23.8
reduce your muscle mass and
then the formula will read: Your BMI would therefore be 23.8.
strength.
IMPERIAL BMW FORMULA
Weight in pounds / (height in inches x height in inches) multiplied by 703.
SO WHAT IS A
For example: if you are BMI = 69” x 69” = 4761
HEALTHY WEIGHT?
69” high and weigh 161 lbs 161lbs ÷ 4761 x 703 = 23.8
There is no perfect healthy
then the formula will read: Your BMI would therefore be 23.8.
weight – it very much depends on
your gender, age, height, build YOUR WAISTLINE COUNTS TOO
and your activity levels. One As well as working out your BMI, you
guideline for healthy and should measure your waistline as fat
unhealthy weights is the Body around your tummy region is considered
Mass Index (BMI). a big risk factor to your health. Having a
If you have a BMI of 30 or over, waist size greater than 32 inches for a
you are classified as obese. A BMI woman or 37 inches for a man is thought to
of 25 to 30 is classified as be a clear indication that the person is carrying excess weight.
overweight, an ideal BMI is 18.5
to 24.9 and an underweight BMI HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT
is anything below 18.5. For any person who wants to lose weight, the key thing to remember
If your BMI is either is that you will need to use more energy than you consume.
underweight or obese, you Therefore a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise is
should take steps to get back to the best way to lose weight in a way that is sustainable over the
a healthy weight. long-term.
You can work out your BMI at Crash diets and fad diets are only effective in the short term and
www.bmicalculator.ie or by usually any weight that you lose soon re-appears.
using this formula above:
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