Over 60% of North American adults are considered dangerously overweight. Obesity is linked to a series of serious health ailments and puts you at risk for life-threatening heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, as well as gout and gallbladder disease. Recent studies have also found a correlation between obesity and certain types of cancer.
At the same time, the opposite also holds true. Extremely underweight individuals are likewise susceptible to nutritional deficiencies and health conditions like anemia, chronic fatigue and heart failure. Worse still, an obsession with weight loss and calorie counting can lead to life-threatening eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia.
Studies have shown that losing as little as 5- to 10 percent of your body weight if your overweight; and adding 5- to 10-percent to your frame if your underweight can increase your mental and physical health and add years to your life.
Body Fat Calculator
Your overall weight is a combination of lean body mass and fat mass. So it isn't important how much you weigh, but how much of your weight is fat? To determine your approximate body fat percentage, enter your height and waist size. Body fat calculators often use the measurements (circumference) of your neck, waist, wrist and thighs, etc., to determine your body fat percentage. These measurements are taken with a standard tape measure. A more accurate body fat measurement is taken by using an instrument called a ”fat caliper“ which clamps certain fatty areas of the body.
Ideal Bodyweight Calculator
To find out what your healthy body weight range is, enter your height in feet and inches. Keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat, so oftentimes the higher weights in each range apply to individuals with more muscle mass. Overweight individuals with weights far exceeding the healthy weight range may be at higher risk for developing health problems.
Body Mass Index Calculator
Also referred to as your BMI, is an estimation of your percentage of body fat based on an individuals weight and height. The National Institutes of Health claims that a healthy BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. Keep in mind that the higher percentages may apply to people with more muscle mass, not fat. A BMI under 18.5 is considered underweight. An overweight BMI is considered to range from 25 to 29.9; while a BMI of 30+ is considered obese. To discover your BMI, enter your weight in pounds and your height in feet and inches.
Calculates how many calories you expend while doing your favorite exercise or activity. Just choose an activity from the drop down menu and enter the approximate distance you covered to discover how many calories you burned off.
It's no surprise that smoking cigarettes can cause immeasurable damage to your health and your wallet. Our smoking calculator determines the average cost of smoking. Just enter the amount you smoke each day, the amount of cigarettes in each pack and the price of each pack you purchase to determine how much money you spend per year on smoking, and how much money you would save if you quit!
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