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Less Than Zero

Friday, January 18, 2013

I tuned in to the Golden Globes tonight and Iím sure that I was like so many of us who enjoy watching the Hollywood elite work the red carpet. I love to see what everyoneís wearing, how their hair is styled and what jewelry theyíre sporting. They look so handsome and beautiful. How awesome it would be to wear one of those stunning dresses, have my hair and make-up be expertly done and walk without tripping in those incredibly high heel shoes. And even better to have millions of people see me in this enviable state! Iím pretty sure Iím not the only one who has that daydream.

But I also think about other things as Iím watching the actor parade. And what I find very interesting is what celebrities say in their interviews and onstage. Iím particularly keen on listening to their comments about what they eat, or in many cases what they donít eat. Many of them talk about what they go through from a dietary standpoint to fit into their finery and look good on camera. And it appears that some may not eat balanced, healthy diets or adequate calories.

The entertainment business can be a tough one in so many ways. And one of these is with regard to weight. Itís an industry where you almost canít be too thin and where negative sizes, ones that are less than 0 actually exist. What health professionals consider a healthy weight can be considered practically obese in this world. Many actors are quite thin. Can we be too thin? The answer is yes. Carrying too little (or too much) weight on our frames isnít ideal. Being underweight can increase your risk of osteoporosis, anemia, infections, low muscle mass, hair loss, amenorrhea, fertility issues, pregnancy complications, impaired intake of important nutrients, and more.

One method of determining if you are at a healthy weight is to calculate your body mass index (BMI). BMI is based on a height/weight ratio. A healthy BMI range is 18.5 to 24.9. You donít want to go below or above it. If you donít know what your BMI is there are many BMI calculators online. If you have a calculator handy, hereís the formula. Take your weight in pounds (ex. 125) and divide it by your height in inches squared. For example, if youíre 5 feet tall (60 inches), you would multiply 60 x 60 for a total of 3600. You would then divide 125 by 3600. Then take the number you get (in this example itís .035) and multiply that by 703. In this case, the BMI is 24.4. This is considered a healthy weight. If your BMI is above 24.9 you might consider losing weight. If itís below 18.5, speak with your doctor and/or dietitian, but gaining some weight wouldnít be a bad idea. At the hospital where I work if a patientís BMI is too low, we check to make sure that he or she isnít suffering from malnutrition.

BMI is just one of several weight indicators, but itís commonly used. Itís not the best tool for very muscular people like body builders, but for most itís a good guide. So if you donít know what your BMI is, why not determine it? Knowledge, after all, is power.

Less than zero isnít ideal. Aim for a healthy weight. Youíll likely be that much better off for it.

Source: Todayís Dietitian
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