Do You Know Your Body Mass Index (BMI)?

July 13, 2011 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

BMI is calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI is an indicator of body fat but not a direct measure. It is used as a screening tool.

BMI can easily be calculated using the following formula:

weight (kg) / [height (m)]2


weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 X 703

BMI interpretation:

  • < 18.5 Underweight
  • 18.5 – 24.9 Normal
  • 25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
  • ≥30.0 Obese

You can also use the following chart to assess your BMI:

According to the CDC, those who follow under the category of  overweight and obese are at an increased risk for the following::

  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia (for example, high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

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