to The Old Farmer's Almanac 2000, a waist measurement
of 35 inches or more
in women and 41 inches
or more in menregardless
of heightsuggests a serious risk of weight-related
Very muscular people
often have a higher
body-mass index because muscle
weighs more than fat.
One simple health-risk test is to pinch
your side just above your waist. If you can
pinch more than an inch,
you are at risk of weight-related health problems.
amount of skin may
be found using the formula:
where height is in centimeters
and weight is in kilograms. The result obtained is surface
area measured in square meters. Weight is approximately
proportional to height times height times height (i.e.
your height cubed).
Body-mass index is essentially
a ratio of volume to surface
area. The solid geometric figure with the greatest
ratio of volume to surface area is the sphere.