What’s Your BMI ?

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What’s Your BMI ?

Article from June 28, 2013 by Andrew Foehrkolb

What’s Your BMI?

The nation’s leading physician’s organization, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted Tuesday June 18, 2013 to declare obesity a disease, a move that now defines 78 million American adults and 12 million children as having a medical condition requiring treatment (Center for Disease Control.)

“Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately 1 in 3 Americans,” said Dr. Patrice Harris, an AMA board member.

As defined by the AMA, obesity is a Body Mass Index (BMI) value greater than 30. As you all know I provided you with your BMI and body fat % during the initial assessment meeting. If you don’t remember your values please send me an email and I will provide you with your most recent assessment. The CDC has a BMI chart that is easy to use. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/

The AMA believes that obesity is a significant health hazard requiring proactive treatment to diminish or prevent the health complications that may accompany it. Obesity complications include Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes. A regular exercise program in conjunction with a reduced calorie program has been found to reduce body weight and associated complications. Knowledge is power.

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