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BODY MASS INDEX                                         Your BMI      24.78            OVERWEIGHT                         YOU CAN LOOSE WEIGHT IF YOU

            By measuring your height and weight, we can calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).  This is a measure of whether you
            are under weight, normal, overweight or obese. Your BMI can tell you if you’re carrying too much weight, but it can’t tell
            the difference between excess fat, muscle, or bone.

                                                                    24.78                                                                   EAT THE RIGHT PORTION SIZES

           18      19       20       21      22       23       24      25       26       27       28      29      30+

                UNDERWEIGHT                   NORMAL                   OVERWEIGHT                     OBESE
                  BELOW 18.5                   18.5   23                  23   27.5               27.5 AND ABOVE
                                                                                                                                               EAT A HEALTHIER DIET
            The World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the need for a separate BMI cut-off limits for Asians. Research
            studies have shown that South Asians have a higher percentage of body fat than European whites of the same age, sex
            and BMI. The categories suggested for Asians are: less than 18.5 kg/m2 (underweight); 18.5–23 kg/m2 (normal);
            23–27.5 kg/m2 (overweight) and 27.5 kg/m2 or higher (obesity).
                                                                                                                                           READ FOOD LABELS AND AVOID
                                                                                                                                              THINGS LABELLED IN RED
            Through exercise, our muscles work better. The heart is also a muscle and through being physical active, it is able to work
            better. Being active can reduce your risk of developing some heart and circulatory diseases by as much as 35%. Regular
            physical activity:

             Eat a healthier diet, including eating more of the foods that are good for us like fruit, vegetables and wholegrains and
             less of foods and drinks high in fat and sugar.                                                                                     MOVE MORE
             Being more physically active. Exercise uses up the energy from the food you eat. When you use up more energy than
             you eat, you’ll burn fat. But if this energy doesn’t get used up, then it is stored in our bodies as fat. Aim for 20–30
             minutes of activity a day. Swimming, cycling or walking quickly for at least 10 minutes at a time will help. Try to build
             moving about into your day-to-day routine – even cleaning or walking up the stairs counts
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