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Body Mass Index BMI 

Hello patients and thank you for your loyalty!  We have heard from and seen many of you during this trying time. Thanks to your continued support, we have navigated one of the most challenging years of my medical practice. It has been a year of firsts for many of us and we have been asked to adjust to things we have never dreamed of.  We are here, we are carrying out all our safety procedures and all staff are soon to be vaccinated.  The grit and resilience I have observed in all of you is inspiring, thank you.


Now, on to medical matters.  The pandemic has been a time of self-soothing often with food and/or beverage! 😊  I am seeing a trend of weights going up and I am concerned this is going to manifest in health risk.  I think all of us should know our BMI, and what if any health risks are associated with a HIGH or LOW BMI.  To calculate your BMI, take your weight in pounds multiplied by 703 and divide it by your height in inches squared or look up a chart in the internet!

Commonly accepted BMI ranges are underweight (under 18.5 lb/in2) , normal weight (18.5-25 lb/in2) and obese (over 30 lb/in2).  There are degrees of obesity which are moderately (30) severely (35) and very severely obese (40).  All these health categories have associated health risks and/or benefits. Among the risk of obesity, there is a dramatic increase risk of mortality, especially during a pandemic.  There are also risks of the following diseases- heart disease, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, gallbladder disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, stroke, liver failure, and cancer including breast and uterine cancer.  

Remember these are guidelines and many variables can affect this one number, but it is a good place to start.  Look at it and start with making sound, healthy choices.  A little comfort is good, a lot, not so much. There are ways to find comfort in times of stress which include movement, fresh air, or interpersonal connection.
We are here, please call if we can be a part of your healing journey.  You can schedule online at or call 503-908-1646.

Be well!
Dr. Zaander, Salisbury and Staff

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