Saturday, July 11, 2009

BMI (Body Mass Index) for Asians

So, the Brits are finally coming round to the realization that Asians are not Caucasians and should not measured by the same yardstick. At least where the BMI (Body Mass Index) is concerned.

I mean, duhhh........ we have known this for a long time already, haven't we? What took them so long?

Four years ago, the WHO Expert Consultation in Singapore already recommended new and more appropriate guideline for Asians.

BMI (kg/m2) for Adults...Health Risk
27.5 and above...High Risk
23 – 27.4...Moderate Risk
18.5 – 22.9...Low Risk (healthy range)
Below 18.5...Risk of nutritional deficiency diseases and osteoporosis

You can use the Health Promotion Board calculator to calculate your BMI.

:( Mine is 24.8.
Got to stay off that tiramisu.

No comments: