Maintaining a healthy weight not only makes you look and feel good, but helps prevents serious medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
The body mass index (BMI) is a weight to height ratio most commonly used to classify if you are overweight or obese.
Below are the BMI categories for Asians:
|Blood Pressure||BMI||Health risks|
|Underweight||< 18.5||Risk of nutritional deficiency and osteoporosis|
|Healthy||18.5 – 22.9||Low risk|
|Overweight||23.0 – 27.4||Moderate risk|
|Obese||≥ 27.5||High risk|
Obesity occurs when energy intake (through food consumption) exceeds energy expenditure. When this happens excessive amounts of fat begin to accumulate, leading to obesity.