The term ‘BMI’ or body mass index was coined 200 years ago by a person who was not even a doctor or researcher. A number is derived when you divide your weight (kilograms) by the square of your height in meters, but this number doesn’t account for your muscle or bone mass. People with high BMI are usually classified as overweight and tend to have poor health. Even those with low BMI scores can suffer from various health issues.
People who are overweight have a higher probability of getting chronic illness and many scientists have stated that BMI is a very improper way to judge the health of an individual. Some people even take into consideration that the use of BMI has affected pathologizing bodies in a serious way.
There is no single test or measure which can provide you the results of your overall health as they are too complex and vast. Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, a Belgian mathematician and astronomer had discovered a technique 200 years ago which could give us a better understanding of our overall health in comparison to BMI.
1. Survey your sleep
The key to almost all physiological processes like clearing brain waste, healthier metabolism and immune function is to sleep. A third of American adults don’t get the prescribed 7 hours of sleep a night. Your blood pressure levels can be elevated just by not sleeping for a night. Many studies have been done to find the relation between diabetes, chronic illness heart diseases to sleep deprivation. Researchers had conducted three large epidemiological studies and concluded that the mortality rate can be increased 15% if you sleep for less than 5 hours.
2. Breathe deep
If you spend your entire day sitting it or not performing any sorts of activity or aerobic exercise and smoking can take away the ability of your lungs to expand and use optimum oxygen. A simple test for checking whether your lungs are fine or not is either walk six blocks or try running up two flights of stairs and check whether you’re short of breath or not.
3. Get up off the floor without using your hands or knees
This is one test which is deceptively difficult for your flexibility and strength and it was published by Claudio Gil Araujo a physician and researcher and also a strong longevity predictor.
Firstly, lower yourself to the ground slowly without using your hands, arms, sides, knees and even legs. Try standing up without trying to support yourself. If you can do it perfectly, you get full points, but you should cut a point for each time you cheat.
Araujo had found that people who were over the age of 50 and have a score between 0-3 have a 5 times more chance to die within the coming 6-7 years in comparison to those adults scoring 8-10 points.
4. Study your stool
It may be gross to look at your own stool, but it is necessary to understand the shape of your stool as it helps to show how your system is functioning. 16 % of America’s population suffer from constipation, this can be dangerous. You can recognize the symptoms of colon cancer if you observe your stool properly.
5. Assess your loneliness
Everyone is usually worried by the problems associated with obesity but in reality, the actual problem is social isolation. In 2013, a study was conducted on older people and it was found that the mortality rate of loneliness is twice of that of obesity and almost at the same level of smoking. Ever since 1980, the percentage of adults being alone had doubled.
6. Take a depression test
Researchers have started considering depression just as bad as obesity is for our health. Many factors are often associated with depression like substance abuse and insomnia, and if you don’t undergo any treatment, you could suffer from various long term health problems.