Body Mass Index And The Potential Risk Of Chronic Diseases Essay

793 Words Mar 27th, 2016 4 Pages
There is a significance of Body Mass Index to the potential risk of chronic diseases. By Body Mass Index categories I am considered overweight, being five feet seven and a half inches tall weighing one hundred and eighty five pounds. Waist measurements help to look for possible risk factors that come from being in the overweight category. A person 's waist that is above thirty five inches, for females, and forty inches, for males, greatly increases the risk factors. My waist measurement is thirty inches, the majority of my weight and fat storage is in my hips, this is a good sign because if it was at my waist I would be at a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes. Unfortunately being in the overweight category I am at a higher risk for developing gallstones, hypertension, and a high cholesterol level. Body Mass Index can be overestimated when person has a lot of muscle on their frame, such as in athletes and military members, this is why the waist measurement in conjunction with Body Mass Index gives a better overall view.

A summary of the three days that I tracked gave very interesting insight. First that when a person is actively tracking their food they tend to think more about what they are eating. Of the seven categories of food : Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Dairy, Proteins, Oils and Sugars, I was under in five of the seven. Proteins and Sugars are the only groups where my targets were met. Grains as a total I am about thirty five percent with the…

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