The Effects of Body Mass Index (BMI) on Blood Pressure
Hypothesis: With a higher BMI, a higher blood pressure will be measured.
Using opportunity sampling, I surveyed eleven willing individuals entering Walmart.
- CDC’s BMI Calculator
Based on my results, there is no correlation between BMI on blood pressure.
*BMI 30+ = OBESE.
An obese individual’s heart has to put in E X T R A work in order to pump blood throughout the body. In result, the arteries may resist this strong blood flow and increase blood pressure (Jiang, 2016).
Individual A: 118/56
Individual B: 120/48
Normal Systolic Blood Pressure: 100-140 mmHg.
Normal Diastolic Blood Pressure: 60-90 mmHg.
The participants in the investigation remained within normal range besides two individuals with low diastolic blood pressure.
**Higher salt intake could have impacted the low diastolic blood pressure (Windsor, 2015).
With a greater number of participants, a correlation may have occurred.
Jiang, Shu-Zhong, et al. “Obesity and Hypertension.” National Library of Medicine, 12 Oct. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5038894/. Accessed 20 Apr. 2022.
Windsor, Matt. Diastolic blood pressure: How low is too low?, The University of Alabama atBirmingham, 17 May 2015, www.uab.edu/news/research/item/10393-diastolic-blood-pressure-how-low-is-too-low. Accessed 21 Apr. 2022.