BMI - Mathamatical Formula
Body Mass Index equation:
|BMI = [|| weight in pounds |
(height in inches) x (height in inches)
|] x 703|
For example, a person who weighs 150 pounds and is 5 feet 3 inches tall has a BMI of 26.5.
|[|| 150 lbs. |
(63 inches) x (63 inches)
|] x 703 = 26.5|
New research indicates that individuals who are considered obese and over weight are more likely to take prescription drugs versus those who are not obese. Most of the drugs are related to high blood pressure and high cholesterol which are both linked to obesity.
This is especially important when you consider approximately one third of Americans are obese. out of the ten types of drug classes, obese Americans where being prescribed eight of the ten.
Research also showed that," In addition to blood pressure and cholesterol drugs, medications for treating diabetes, asthma and thyroid problems, as well as antidepressants and painkillers, were taken by a higher proportion of obese people in some or all age groups."
Sexual hormone drugs were the only type of drug that had less obese people being prescribed them out of the ten drug classes. This study tested ten thousand individuals which is a decent sized sample.
This data suggests strong correlation between obesity and higher prescribed medications. So to restate that with more optimism individuals who avoid obesity have lesser tendencies to be prescribed medications because they are able to avoid obesity related illness such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol ratings.