Starting the Year off Light


Rhonda Dallas, Contributing Writer

As a certified life coach and nutritional counselor, I am often referred to as “Coach D” by my clients.  On several occasions I get the question, “What is BMI and why is this so important to my health?”

BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and it is the measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.  It is very important to maintain a healthy BMI weight.  Below please see BMI categories from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

BMI Categories: 
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

Now why is this so important?  For every pound over, we risk several health challenges. The higher our BMI, the higher risk we face for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and breathing challenges.

As a certified health and wellness life coach, it is important to me for my family, my friends, my clients, and my readers to know that being overweight and obese can have a dangerous impact on your total health and life expectancy.  BMI is so important that physicians have started tracking your body fat and are required to document it in your electronic medical record.

Being overweight can be attributed to lack of exercise for our children and youth who grow up to be obese adults.  Also, video games and social media play a part, allowing young people to sit for hours and punch buttons which limit exercise, reduce the amount of time at school for recess, and can encourage larger food portions.

I encourage you to eat healthier and start getting physical.  Also, get the family involved by exercising together as a unit and prepare your family healthier meals.  The weight loss journey is not easy, so if you need accountability, seek the services of a credible health and wellness professional.  Start the year off light!

Rhonda Dallas is a certified life coach and nutritional counselor.  Rhonda offers Healthy Lifestyle Living Classes for adults and children, as well as vitamins and natural holistic weight loss packages that include coaching sessions to ensure you are held accountable.  Contact Rhonda at for your coaching session.  Get started today!



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