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Most black women natural physique does not fall within what is considered normal. I have always felt that doctors do not take this into consideration when treating us.
The National Institutes of Health's BMI charts, which doctors use to evaluate an individual body, do not address people whose dense muscles mass is mistakenly assessed as excess fat.
This dense muscle mass looks unhealthy on paper. So what are we to do.
Body mass index (BMI) is an indicator of obesity or underweight, calculated by dividing your weight by the square of your height. BMI charts states that a reading of 30 or higher signifies obesity.
Formula: weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703
Calculate body mass index (BMI) by dividing weight in pounds (lbs) by height in inches (in) squared and multiplying by a conversion factor of 703.
Example: Weight = 150 lbs, Height = 5'5" (65")
Calculation: [150 / (65)2] x 703 = 24.96
Formula: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2
With the metric system, the formula for BMI is weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. Since height is commonly measured in centimeters, divide height in centimeters by 100 to obtain height in meters.
Example: Weight = 68 kg, Height = 165 cm (1.65 m)
Calculation: 68 ˜ (1.65)2 = 24.98
BMI was developed to calculate obesity of the Caucasian populations, because at that time there were no good data on racial and ethnic minorities. But now there are research on African Americans and other minorities, and it turns out that BMI measurements is not a one fit all.
Studies have proven that Black women have about 2% less body fat than white women of the same height and weight.
Because BMI formula is based on your height and weight and not our ethnicity, black women may be leaner than we think.
That's significant concerning our health issues.
So while defining white women's BMI at 30 is accurate, based on body fat, a black woman is not obese until her BMI reaches 32.
The reason for this is black women tend to have denser, heavier bones and muscles that increases our BMI. With all these findings, this still doesn't give us a pass to overeat or be overweight.
We just have to make sure the food we eat nourishes our bodies instead of creating health issues.
You should not ignore your BMI but concentrate on your waist circumference which should be measured at below 35 inches.
Belly fat is linked to heart disease, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.
So make sure your body fat is low and your waist measure is below 35 because this gets you out of the danger zone and could save your life.