Excess weight increases the heart’s work.
It also raises blood pressure, blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and lowers HDL (good) cholesterol levels. It can also make diabetes more likely to develop. Losing as few as 5kg can lower your heart disease risk.
BMI stands for Body Mass Index
This is a numerical value of your weight in relation to your height. BMIs are good indicators of healthy or unhealthy weights for adult men and women, regardless of body frame size.
The Body Mass Index will give you an indication of whether you are in a healthy weight range for your height. It is determined by calculating your weight divided by your height, and is designed for men and women over the age of 18.
A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. A result below 18.5 indicates that you may be underweight; a figure above 24.9 indicates that you may be overweight.
To find out if you have a healthy body mass index, use our adult BMI calculator below.
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