At this point, you might be thinking of your ‘HIV status’ (which is good anyway) but your nutritional status is equally important. How healthy are you? When was the last time you checked your weight? Do you even know your height? Knowing all these about you is as important as knowing your phone numbers off head (especially those that have all the mobile networks, thumbs up!). Your nutritional status shows how healthy you are as regard growth and body composition.
There are different methods of assessing nutritional status but i’ll be discussing one of the simplest method that requires less professional skill (trust me, as simple as A, B, C). This method is called ANTHROPOMETRY (be careful not to bite your tongue, lol). ‘Anthropo’ refers to ‘human’ and ‘metrics’ refers to ‘measurement’.
Anthropometric measurements are used to assess the shape, size and composition of the body (human).It involves measurement of body length (for children), height, weight and head circumference. Methods commonly used to gather these measurements include waist-to-hip ratio, skin-fold test and BMI.
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Let’s talk about BMI. Does it ring a bell??
BMI means Body Mass Index
BMI compares your weight to your height. It gives you an idea of whether you are normal weight, underweight, overweight or obese. To calculate your BMI is quite simple. Requirement for BMI measurement is your weight (measured in kilograms or pounds) and your height (measured in meters or inches). The formula for BMI is weight divided by height squared. Note that BMI reflects height and weight measures and not body composition.
BMI= weight (kg) / height (m) 2 or weight (lb) x 703 / height (in)2
After calculating, where do you belong?
Underweight: less than 18.5 (a.k.a Fill my cup, Lord)
Healthy weight: 18.5-24.9 (a.k.a Standing on the promises of God)
Overweight: 25-29.9 (a.k.a My cup runs over)
Obese: greater than 30.0 (a.k.a Lord, have mercy)
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Why is BMI important?
BMI is valuable in assessing one’s health risks and can be used to monitor changes over time. There are health consequences if you fall outside the healthy weight range and so the BMI puts you in check.
Unfortunately, BMI does not reflect body fat, and it may misclassify very muscular people as overweight. Other methods can be used to measure body fat distribution.
P.S. if you are below 20 years, BMI-for-age is more appropriate.
GOD HAS SOMETHING TO SAY
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith……. 2Cor 13:5… What’s your spiritual status? Are you still in faith? Examine the way you live your life. Your speech, actions, conducts and attitudes should reflect Christ. Be spiritually healthy so you don’t become a tool in the hands of the devil. A little weakness is an opportunity for the devil (remember, he is prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour 1peter 1:8). Feed your spirit with things of the spirit. Draw strength from Christ!