Canadian Body Mass Index (BMI) Tool:
BMI = weight(kg)/height(m)2
Health Risk Classification According to Body Mass Index (BMI) Classification BMI Category (kg/m2) Risk of developing health problems:
|Underweight||18.5 or less||Increased|
|Normal Weight||18.5 - 24.9||Least|
|Overweight||25.0 - 29.9||Increased|
|Obese class I||30.0 - 34.9||High|
|Obese class II||35.0 - 39.9||Very high|
|Obese class III||greater than 40||Extremely high|
Note: For persons 65 years and older the 'normal' range may begin slightly above BMI 18.5 and extend into the 'overweight' range. Not to be used if you are under 18 years of age or pregnant or lactating.
Source: Health Canada. Canadian Guidelines for Body Weight Classification in Adults. Ottawa: Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada; 2003.
Canadians have many diet systems and programs to choose from but don't believe everything you read. Many advertisements that you read are for American programs that do not serve Canada.
Eating right can still be tasty and enjoyable. Depending on which weight loss program you follow, you would be surprised what you are allowed to eat. Sticking to a diet may be easier than you think!
You may never look like one of those ripped guys who spend all their time at the gym but with a little work you can look and feel better. Plus, you can do most of that work at home without a gym membership.