We eat too much fat, too much sweet and, above all, too much. In Germany, sixty percent of women and forty percent of men were overweight in 2009, according to the Federal Statistical Office.
The body mass index puts a person’s weight and height in relation to each other. With this simple method and the BMI calculator for women, it is possible to quickly determine whether someone is overweight, for example, and thus potentially exposed to higher health risks.
The ideal BMI value for women is around 19 to 24. At this BMI value, life expectancy is statistically the highest. For comparison, the ideal BMI value for men is 20 to 25.
How does the BMI value differ from men?
In addition to weight and height, gender also plays an important role in evaluating your BMI. Men usually have a higher percentage of muscle mass than women. That is why there are gender-specific BMI tables.
In relation to normal weight, the BMI for men is between 18.5 and 24.9.
What BMI at what age?
Another important factor for BMI is age. Increasing age often means increasing body fat. The metabolism becomes slower with age and calorie consumption decreases. However, body weight in kg can also decrease with age, as muscle mass is increasingly lost.
The following table shows the ideal BMI values for women and their age.
This way you can classify your BMI calculation even more accurately.
How does excess weight increase in all age groups?
On the one hand, less physical work and a high-quality diet lead to an improvement in living conditions. These factors are, among others, the reason why we are getting older and older.
But at the same time, they are the factors responsible for overweight and obesity. The growing motorisation of everyday life and the resulting lack of exercise do the rest.
The result is that the body, which moves less and less, cannot use up all the food it consumes. The first complaints are shortness of breath, sweating, and lower back and joint pain.
But the secondary and accompanying diseases prove to be more dangerous: High blood pressure, coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
What BMI values are normal?
According to this, the normal weight of a person is a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9.
From 25.0 to 29.9, one speaks of being overweight.
A BMI value above 30 is called obesity.
A value below 18.5 is classified as underweight.
How seriously should I take my BMI value?
First and foremost, the Body Mass Index is only a guide. A quick, relative index that allows us to make a rough assessment of our body weight. The calculation of the Body Mass Index only takes into account the total body weight.
The Body Mass Index does not give any information about the distribution of body fat and does not distinguish between fat mass, water and muscles. Therefore, it should not only be related to age and gender. The physique, sports activities and other individual factors should definitely be taken into account.
Therefore, our tip: The most important factors are a balanced diet and regular sport and exercise. Above all, you should feel good. Everyone knows that people who exercise regularly feel better.
This is especially true for children and teenagers. They are still growing, so it is difficult to determine a meaningful BMI for children. But here, too, a healthy diet in combination with sporting activities is ideal.
The German Nutrition Society recommends consuming at least 30g of dietary fibre per day from whole grain products, vegetables, legumes and fruit. In addition to whole grain cereal products, potatoes are also a possible source of carbohydrates.
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