I posted this on another blog as a comment, but after thinking about it, I think this is important ernough to share as a post. As I don’t have much time to post I will be brief. The B.M.I. measurment is practically junk. It doesn’t take into account you body type and build- a muscular person of short height can have the same BMI as a couch potatoe. So I give you this easy measurement, the waist to hip ratio. All you need is a measuring tape.
A very brief explanation.
The weight we carry around our center is the MOST dangerous kind of extra weight.
“Researchers reported in Friday’s issue of The Lancet medical journal that a hip-to-waist ratio is a better predictor of the risk of heart attack for a variety of ethnic groups than body-mass index, the current standard.”
How to take the measurement
“To determine if you have a healthy waist to hip ratio, use a measuring tape to measure the circumference of your hips at the widest part of your buttocks. Then measure your waist at the smaller circumference of your natural waist, usually just above the belly button.”
Here’s the web address for a waist to hip calculator (the above address works too).