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Health Risk Formula
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Is your health at risk because of your weight? Use this three-step formula to determine your body mass index (BMI). (Figure weight in pounds and height in inches.)

1.  Weight x 705 = A

2.  A ÷ height = B

3.  B ÷ height = BMI

Risk of premature death begins to rise sharply as the BMI climbs above 25. A BMI of 23 or below seems to be ideal for reducing heart disease and diabetes risk.

Journal of the American Medical Association

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, July/August 2005. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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