Student Wellness Services

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Assess Your Health

Resting Metabolic Rate

Our bodies need a basic amount of energy to function every day, even when we're sleeping.  To perform bodily functions, such as breathing and circulation, our body needs energy in the form of calories.  Your Resting Metabolic Rate or Basal Metabolic Rate is number of calories your body needs to just exist. 

How Many Calories Do I Need?

Since most of us do more than sleep 24 hours a day, our daily calorie needs will be higher than our Resting Metabolic Rate calculation:

To maintain your current weight, your daily calorie consumption should equal 1.5 x your RMR.

To lose weight at a healthy rate (i.e., lose fat mass instead of  muscle mass & water weight) you need to be between your minimum calories (i.e., RMR) and your maintenance calories (i.e., 1.5 x RMR).  The best way to reach your ideal weight is to add some physical activity into each day and make healthier food choices.

To gain weight at a healthy rate, consume more daily calories than needed for maintenance.

Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index is a simple calculation that uses your weight and height to figure out your risk of health problems. It’s not a specific measure of body fat, but it estimates whether people are underweight, overweight or within a ‘normal' weight zone. The optimal zone for minimal health risk is 18.5-24.9 for men and women. People below or above this zone are considered at higher risk for certain diseases. It's important to know that the BMI guidelines are not applicable for people under 18 years of age, and/or pregnant or lactating women. 

Calculating BMI

BMI = weight(kg)/height (m)2

BMI Classification


BMI Category

Risk of Health Problems




Normal Weight






Obese Class I



Obese Class III


Very high

Obese Class III


Extremely high