What Is YOUR Ideal Body Weight?

The definition of being “overweight” is a Body Mass Index “(BMI) between 25 and 30. When the BMI is between 30-40, this defines “obesity” and anything above 40 is termed “morbid obesity”.

Does this imply that a person with a BMI of 30.1 has a much higher chance of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, GERD, sleep apnea and other life-threatening diseases than a person with a BMI of 24.8?

Well, let’s take a step back and think about what the BMI is determined by: height and weight. What the BMI does NOT account for is body composition. So let’s get back to that person with a BMI of 30. A running back in the NFL that is 6 feet one inch, weighing 230 pounds has a BMI of 30.1. However, when that player takes his short off and you see the rippling 6-pack abdominal muscles and the heavily muscled legs, you quickly realize that “obese” is not exactly a term you would use to describe this person. The body fat percentage in this case could be below 10%.

Conversely, the person with the BMI of 24.8 could be someone with very reduced muscle mass, causing the percentage body fat to be over 40%. That person would not be described as having a “healthy body weight”.

The point: Body composition is a much more valid concept concerning the relative “health” of someone. For you individually, if you do not know the status of your body composition, come on in for a free body scan. If you live outside the D.C./Northern VA/Maryland area, seek out a health club that offers a free, valid bod composition analysis. Your IDEAL body weight is one that accounts for a healthy body composition.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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