Indians have a genetic susceptibility to be heavier especially at the abdomen. Americans and other Western counterparts have a different body structure and stature. the reference range for ideal body weight with reference to height for them and Indians vary widely and cannot be common.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is one of the most common indicators to check if you are obese. It is a measure of our weight relative to our height and waist circumference measure abdominal fat deposition.Asian Indians with a tendency to have higher fat mass distributed around the waist and greater risk of cardiovascular diseases have a lower cutoff for BMI and waist circumference.
BMI alone does not determine risk of obesity. For example, in someone who is very muscular or who has swelling from fluid retention (called edema), BMI may overestimate body fat. BMI may underestimate body fat in older persons or those losing muscle. That’s why waist measurement is often checked as well. Another reason is that too much body fat in the stomach area also increases disease risk.
A waist measurement of more than 35 inches in women and more than 40 inches in men is considered high.
|Action level 1||Action level 2|
|Women||≥ 72cm (28 inches)||≥ 80 (31.5 inches)|
|Men||≥ 78 cm (31 inches)||≥ 90 (35 inches)|
Optimum BMI cut-off for Asian Indians is:
Normal BMI – 18.5-22.9 kg/m2
Overweight – 23-24.9 kg/m2
Obesity ->25 kg/m2
High BMI may have several health implications, particularly:
- Increased risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Higher propensity to become victims of heart disease.
- Increases chances of developing high blood cholesterol and diabetes
Hence, it is important to keep a check on your BMI and waist size. Right nutrition and right exercise, coupled with a healthy lifestyle can help you avoid getting obese. Apart from keeping a regular check on your weight, waist size and BMI, you must also get regular health checkups done, more so once you cross the age of 30. You can upload your medical records and health indicators on eKincare – your personal health manager and monitor your health on a continuous basis. Right approach towards your health can help you avoid several chronic conditions, including obesity.