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Physical Education and Sport
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Scott Forbes

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September 5 – Energy Balance BMI The Following Categories of BMI are used to identify levels of health risk (relative to ‘normal weight’ category): • <18.5 Underweight Increased • 18.5 – 24.9 Normal weight Least risk • 25.0 – 29.9 Overweight Increased risk • 30 and over Obese • 30.0 – 34.9 Obese Class 1 High risk • 35.0 -39.9 Obese Class II Very High Risk • > 40 Obese Class III Extremely high risk • Obesity is more strongly linked to chronic disease than living in poverty, smoking, or drinking • One strength of BMI is that it is very quick • It is calculated by self-report (ask them what their height and weight is) • One disadvantage is that people may lie • If it can be done with a scale, it is a decent calculation • All BMI includes is body mass... it doesn’t tell you what the mass is made up of • 65% of Canadians are overweight or obese • The numbers are slowly growing larger Fitness in Canadian Children • One reason for the increase in overweight individuals is lack of activity,
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