Glossary

Body mass index - (body mass index)
A key index for relating a person's body weight to their height. The body mass index (BMI) is a person's weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m) squared. Bulimia - (bu-lim-ia )
An eating disorder seen amongst young women who go on eating binges and then feel guilt and depression and self-condemnation. Calorie - (cal-o-rie )
A unit of food energy; term used by nutritionists to characterize the energy-producing potential in food Hypertension - ( hy-per-ten-sion)
A common disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high (a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or greater) Metabolic rate - (met-a-bol-ic rate )
The amount of energy expended in a give period Sedentary - (sed-en-tary )
Requiring sitting or little activity Sleep apnea - (sleep ap-nea)
Apnea that occurs during sleep; the temporary stoppage of breathing during sleep, often resulting in daytime sleepiness
Obesity