Individuals over 65 years with compromised immune systems are at the highest risk of being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19.
Emergency Room doctors have now noted that obese individuals (particularly individuals with high BMI) are at equally greater risk of being hospitalized and dying from contracting COVID-19 - regardless of age.
As COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory disease, individuals with high BMI may already suffer from sleep apnea, breathing problems, and decreased chest function due to weight on the chest.
It is recommended that these individuals stay extra cautious during these troubled times. For example, wearing a mask while travelling outside and minimizing interactions with the public. For more information, please read his article.
See below for easy to use BMI and body fat calculator that is based on the anthropometric (tape measure) method of determining total body fat percentage, lean body mass, fat body mass and BMI.
The halo effect of your Body Fat Percentage awareness will help you improve other parts of your health.
BMI is a simple measurement based on your height and weight to determine if you are underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. BMI does not measure body fat percentage directly but has shown to moderately correlate with other methods of body fat
It is a rudimentary measurement and can vary significantly depending on age, distribution of muscle mass, bone density and fat mass. The BMI calculation does not take ethnic body differences into account. It should be taken as a rule of thumb rather than the perfect determination of your overall health.
The World Health Organization has the following breakdown for BMI Categories:
|Category||BMI (FROM)||BMI (TO)|
|Very severely underweight||-||15|
|Normal (healthy weight)||18.5||25|
|Obese Class I (Moderately obese)||30||35|
|Obese Class II (Severely obese)||35||40|
|Obese Class III (Very severely obese)||40||45|
|Obese Class IV (Morbidly obese)||45||50|
|Obese Class V (Super obese)||50||60|
|Obese Class VI (Hyper obese)||60+|
The Body Fat Calculator is based on equations developed by James A. Hodgdon and Marcie B. Beckett at the U.S. Naval Health Research Center in 1984 and involves measuring height and the circumference of the neck, waist, and hips (only for women) and plugging
the data into an equation (different for men and women) to determine total body fat percentage. Details on the equations can be found here.
Included below are the cut-off body fat percentages for the different age groups and sexes in the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine, and U.S. Navy Corp.
The Department of Deference has set a minimum goal of 18% body fat percentage for men and 26% for women.
General: It is best to take multiple measurements and average them out before putting the numbers into the body fat calculator. For a more accurate assessment, ask someone else to take your measurements.
Height: It is important to be still, stand barefoot and look ahead during measurement.
Neck: Stay relaxed, look ahead and get the measurement of the circumference of the neck at a point just below Adam’s apple (larynx).
Waist: Look straight ahead, keep your arms placed at your side and do not suck in your gut. Measure the circumference of the belly around the navel.
Hip: Feet must be placed close together and the measurement must include the largest circumference of the hips.
The calculator above includes settings for the Metric System as well as the U.S. Customary System.
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