Flashcards in Body weight Deck (9)
How is body weight measured?
BMI and waist circumference
(Weight kg)/[Height (m)]^2
Categories for BMI?
o Under 18.5 is underweight.
o 18.6-24.9 is healthy weight
o 25-29.9 is overweight
o Over 30 is obese.
Why is waist circumference better than BMI?
Shows fat distribution (especially around the waist) (also BMI doesn't show muscle distribution
Waist circumferences that increase risk of ill health?
o 88cm for females and 102cm for males
Difference between pear shaped and apple shaped?
Pear shaped = fat around buttocks and thighs
APple shaped = fat around abdomen
WHy is apple shaped more dangerous
Fat distributed around vital organs which can lead to a range of conditions
Body weight is caused by:
• Genetic predisposition
• Dietary behaviour – consuming more energy than what you use can lead to it.
• Lack of exercise (as above)