Saturday, December 8, 2012

Weight-Loss Drugs: PiLLs anD suPPLement 2

Weight-loss drugs may work by suppressing the appetite, inhibiting the bodys absorption of fat, or boosting the bodys metabolism slightly. These drugs are intended to support an overall weight-loss plan of making healthy diet choices and exercising.

To illustrate what these numbers translate to in pounds, the following information demonstrates various BMI catego- ries for a person who is 5’9” tall

Weight Status
124 lbs or less
Below 18.5
125 lbs to 168 lbs
18.5 to 24.9
169 lbs to 202 lbs
25.0 to 29.9
203 lbs or more
30 or higher

There are two additional  subcategories, morbidly obese and super morbidly obese. Morbidly obese represents people with a BMI of 40.0 to 49.9, and super morbidly obese refers to people with a BMI of 50.0 and above.Assessing weight with  BMI also has  its  critics in  the medical community.  The problem  with BMI to  determine a healthy weight is that is does not account for how much muscle a person has. An extremely muscular person may be considered overweight according to BMI but could be healthy and fit. Consider, for example, the basketball player Shaquille ONeal. At 71 and 325 pounds, ONeals BMI is 31.6, which puts him in the obese category. Shaquille ONeal is definitely not obese; he is extremely muscular, and therefore BMI is not a suitable evaluator of his health. A person also could have a normal BMI but be in poor nutritional health. Elderly people who have lost muscle due to inactivity might be considered a normal weight due to their BMI but in fact may have reduced nutritional reserves.

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