Are You Healthy?

The average resting heart rate of an adult is between 60-100 beats per minute (BPM). If you're a highly athletic person, it could be closer to 40 BPM. If you're heart rate is unusually high or low from this range, you should consult your doctor.

The average blood pressure for adults is 112/64 mmHg. Hypertension refers to an unusually high blood pressure and hypotension refers to an unusually low blood pressure.

The average weight of a 5'10" adult male - the average height of a male in the United States - of a medium frame is between 151-163 pounds. The average weight of a 5'5" adult female - the average height of a female in the United States - of a medium frame is 127-141 pounds. Both of these statistics vary based on age, height, and frame size.

A person's body mass index or BMI is his or her weight divided by your height in inches squared. Take this number and multiply it by 703 to get your BMI. The healthy range for an adult male is between 20.7-26.4. The healthy range for an adult female is between 19.1-25.8. A person's BMI varies depending on their frame size but should still be close to the average range.

What are the Risks of an Unhealthy Lifestyle?

A sedentary lifestyle is a lifestyle with no physical activity. Sedentary lifestyles are harmful to one's body because:
  • Increased risk of heart disease due to a slowdown of the blood supply to the heart
  • Reduction of muscle capacity and strength
  • Rapid aging process
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of bone strength
  • Increased risk of heart diseases, obesity, cancer, and diabetes
Obesity is the excess of body fat that has a negative effect on one's health. The health risks of obesity include:
  • High blood pressure due to having to circulate blood through more blood vessels than normal
  • Respiratory problems due to the added weight of the chest
  • Metabolic syndrome (High blood pressure and blood cholesterol, insulin resistance, increased blood clotting)
  • Increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer

In the United States, 35.7% of adults are obese, and obesity is prevalent in all income and education levels.

Type II diabetes is caused when your body has difficulty making or using insulin. Low levels of activity and a poor diet can contribute to diabetes, because excess boy fat makes it more difficult for your body to use insulin. It can also be traced back to family history and your genes. Symptoms of type II diabetes include:
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger and thirst
  • Increased bladder, kidney, and skin infections