BMI, abdominal girth


Body mass index (BMI) = weight (kg) ÷ [height (m) × height (m)] is an index that expresses the degree of obesity. There is data that indicates that adults with a BMI of 22 live the longest, and the standard weight is the weight that results in a BMI of 22. Not only the absolute value but also the change is important, and you need to be careful if your BMI suddenly increases or decreases.

Example) If your height is 175 cm, your standard weight is 1.75 x 1.75 x 22 = 67.375 kg.

Standard value: 18.5-24.9 (kg/m2)

For those with abnormal BMI

Those with a BMI of 25 or higher

A BMI of 25 or higher is considered obese. Due to the westernization of eating habits and lack of exercise, the number of obese people is increasing. It is said that obesity is likely to cause lifestyle-related diseases. In particular, people with visceral fat obesity associated with excessive accumulation of visceral fat are more likely to develop diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, etc., even with the same BMI, so caution is required. In order to live a healthy and active life, let's keep in mind the review of eating habits and continuous exercise.

Health guidance is available at the health management office of each district health center, so please contact us.

Those with BMI less than 18.4

If you continue to lose weight unintentionally, please consult your doctor. Health center internal medicine is also available.

<Beware of being too thin> Weight loss and extreme weight loss due to excessive dietary restrictions are detrimental to your health. Try to maintain a healthy weight with proper diet and exercise.
<Nutritional problems caused by “thin” among young women and unreasonable diets> The National Health and Nutrition Survey conducted annually by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare shows that many young women are “thin”. Behind the increase in women's "thin" is the diversification of eating habits and lifestyles, and celebrities exposed in various media are thin. Various factors, such as various diets, are believed to have an effect. And an unbalanced diet due to wrong diet increases the risk of potential malnutrition such as iron deficiency. Furthermore, if the desire to lose weight becomes more serious, it may lead to anorexia nervosa (anorexia) or bulimia. In addition to the strong desire to lose weight, eating disorders are also caused by psychological factors such as anxiety and stress. First, understand your ideal weight and avoid false “thin desires”. Recent research suggests that malnutrition in young women and pregnant women increases the risk of future lifestyle-related diseases (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) in their children. We understand that ensuring a proper diet not only during pregnancy but also before pregnancy is important for the health of children in Japan in the future. A proper weight and a balanced diet is important.

To everyone who received a medical examination

Check your eating habits with the Dietary Balance Guide.

* The “Dietary Balance Guide” is a guideline for “what” and “how much” you should eat in a day, as a way to link the “dietary lifestyle guidelines” that show messages about desirable dietary habits to specific actions. Illustrated for easy understanding (Japanese language only)

* Let's make health by proper weight management.

* When it comes to dieting and weight control, many people think about drastically reducing the amount of food they eat, but it is more effective to combine exercise than diet alone. When reviewing the content of meals, consider the balance of staple food, side dish, and main dish, and cook instead of biased eating habits such as "reduce staple foods such as rice and bread and eat mainly side dishes" and "use diet foods". Let's review how to take the law, sweets, alcohol, etc. Don't expect immediate results, don't give up halfway through, and aim to reduce your current weight by 5-10% over six months or a year.

Abdominal girth

A measurement of the abdominal girth determines the extent of accumulation of visceral (abdominal) fat.
The causes of visceral fat-type obesity include high blood sugar, dyslipidemia, and high blood pressure. Reducing visceral fat helps prevent these diseases.
Normal range: Men: Less than 85 cm / Women: Less than 90 cm

Diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is made by comprehensively evaluating waist circumference, lipids, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc.