Dealing with Obesity and Related Health Issues

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Boy Scouts and leaders with a body mass index (BMI) above 40 were not allowed to attend this year's Jamboree in Fayette County, W.Va.

Doctors say the physical ability needed for the strenuous courses at the camp, coupled with the extreme heat, were not conditions an obese scout could handle.

A body mass index is an indicator of how much body fat a person has. It is derived from someone's height and weight.

You can click on the link, and there is a calculator that can help you find yours.

A body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered a healthy range. Anything over 25 puts you in a danger zone.

Marshall University Athletic Trainer Mo Kahn says a number above 25 is a red flag.

"There's a strong correlation between the higher the BMI, the more risk there is to mortality, as well as chronic diseases like cancers and heart disease," Kahn said.

Keep in mind that if you are a muscular person, muscle weighs more than fat. So the BMI calculation might not be the best indicator of how much body fat you have.

There are different types of tests for different body types.

For most people, the calculator provided by the Centers for Disease Control is a good tool.

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