Body mass index
Experts say obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Doctors also caution that the threshold for ‘morbid obesity’ is lower than many may realize.
Lose weight, live longer… right? But a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics found that this is not always true. It’s been dubbed the “obesity paradox.”
Chances are you know your blood pressure. What about your BMI? Body mass index signals if you’re overweight, obese or just right considering your height. Some doctors have begun calling it a vital sign, as crucial to monitor as blood pressure.
It’s another night at the gym for Jason and Earnestine Cole. From one machine to the next, Jason keeps pushing his mother: For the two, working out means fighting to survive.