According to a recent study from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 9 in 10 Australian adults live with at least one risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease. Among the risk factors, obesity is the highest risk factor among smoking, lack of physical activity, infrequent consumption of fruits and vegetables, alcohol consumption, high blood pressure, and many more. You can check your ideal weight by using body mass index calculator.
Obesity and health problems
Obesity is a serious problem in the world of health. Apart from increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity can also be life-threatening by aggravating and triggering complications from certain diseases, such as:
Some cancers such as breast, colon, and endometrial cancer
High blood pressure
Hard to breathe
Gall bladder disease
Reproductive hormone abnormalities
Polycystic ovary syndrome
High uric acid levels
Lower back pain
Fetal defects are linked to maternal obesity
According to the American National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), risk assessment associated with being overweight can be done in 3 ways, namely:
Measure the body mass index (BMI) or body mass index
Measure waist circumference, and
Know the risk factors associated with obesity
BMI is a method of measuring the body by bodyweight comparison with height. Meanwhile, measuring waist circumference is often used to determine the levels of fat accumulated in the stomach. These two methods can be combined to determine a person’s risk factors for developing certain diseases due to obesity.
BMI is a number that shows the ratio between a person’s weight and height which is used to determine the weight category of the person, whether the person is underweight, overweight, overweight (obese) or normal weight. BMI is a relative indicator of body fat that can be used to estimate a person’s risk of diseases associated with abnormal body weight.