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1 Unit 1 – Fitness Testing and Training Body Mass Index & Healthy Weight

2 What is a healthy weight? A healthy weight has a very positive effect on our well -being and health Being overweight - or underweight - can cause a wide range of medical problems Fortunately, most of these problems can be sorted out by losing or gaining weight

3 What is a healthy weight? There is not an ideal weight that suits everybody Each person has a different body and their healthy weight will be determined by different factors, such as: Genes, food and physical activity Lifestyle factors

4 What is a healthy weight? Losing weight can be as challenging and difficult as keeping an ideal healthy weight However, this can be achieved and its positive effects will be immediately noticed

5 Why a healthy weight is important? If your BMI is above the healthy range you are at increased risk of a number of serious medical conditions, especially heart disease and diabetes

6 Why a healthy weight is important? You are also more likely to suffer from joint problems and back pain You may find you become breathless and may have difficulty sleeping The more weight you gain, the more severe these problems may become. The good news is that losing weight will alleviate many of these conditions

7 Weight loss Losing weight is about reducing the number of calories you eat to less than the calories you burn off in your everyday life Is best to make small but permanent changes in your lifestyle, rather than opting for a dramatic new diet

8 Weight loss You may lose weight more slowly - but you'll reduce the chances of regaining weight later Most doctors recommend that, on average, you should aim to lose no more than 1 kg (2 lbs) per week. Some weeks you may lose more weight than others

9 What's your BMI? The healthy weight range is based on a measurement known as the Body Mass Index (BMI) This can be determined if you know your weight and your height.

10 What's your BMI? Frame sizes vary and it is difficult for any simple measurement to establish a person's frame. It is more accurate to recommend a weight range, rather than a specific weight for a given height weight is also related to build, and you should make allowances if you are stocky or of heavy build. BMI will vary slightly according to gender


12 Recommended BMI Chart UnderweightBMI Less than 20 IdealBMI 20 - 25 OverweightBMI 25 - 30 Should lose weight BMI 30 -40 Lose weight nowBMI 40 +

13 IMPORTANT The BMI Calculator is only a guideline and should be treated as such BMI is only one measure of your health. Body fat percentage, blood pressure, resting heart rate, cholesterol and other measurements are at least as important as BMI. You need to get the whole picture

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