Western countries are increasingly obese. In the Netherlands, too, the percentage of overweight women continues to rise. I prefer to hide behind excuses: those pants are really shrunken in the laundry, wide sweaters are completely fashionable this season! Of course we know very well that a too high BMI in the long term creates high health risks and do we really feel so comfortable buying another larger size? Let’s first zoom in on what BMI actually is. BMI is short for Body Mass Index, this is a calculation to put people in different categories by weight. Of course, a high BMI does not always say that you are really much overweight, so top athletes cannot rely on the BMi calculation because they have more muscle mass and therefore also carry more weight.
Difference between husband and wife
That life is unfairly divided is clear from the differences between men and women when it comes to a healthy BMI and the number of calories they can eat per day. Men are simply blessed with more muscle, so they generally weigh much more than women. This also ensures that they burn energy faster and are allowed to consume more calories.
Age plays an important role
There are different scales to calculate a healthy BMI, a different BMI is required for each age. This is because your body changes your body composition over the years. For example, during puberty your body is at its strongest and the muscle mass is much larger than at a later age. For example, a 60-year-old may have a higher BMI for a healthy weight. Your body then begins to break down more muscle mass and store fat, which also gradually increases your weight.
Do you feel good about yourself?
We can apply all kinds of calculations and theories to your weight, but feeling comfortable in your skin remains the most important thing. A number on the scale or a calculation from us will not change that. You decide what you feel good about!