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Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body Mass Index (BMI)

The term Body Mass Index or BMI is one which is very commonly associated with your health and general wellbeing. In fact, if you have been thinking about adopting a healthy lifestyle or go on a diet, BMI would play an important role to help you achieve your target.

BMI is used to measure your weight in relation to your height which will then determine the ideal weigh that you should be in. This measurement is only practical to be used by adults and is not suitable for children because they have the height-weight table to follow. The BMI is a good way to help you see where you are and to push you to a healthier lifestyle by adopting he right diet and fitness plan.

In order to calculate your BMI, you must first have your height measurement. Then you are ready to get your BMI score. The most accurate method is to use the measurement tape where you must look straight and in an upright position. Do not slouch and keep your spine as straight as possible and that take the reading in either meters or inches.

After that, you need to take your body weight. The best time to do so is to stand on the scale with minimal clothing and do this the second you wake up. Otherwise, you should do so 2 hours after the most recent meal. For women, the weight should be taken for 3 days and then averaged as it fluctuates due to the menstrual cycle they experience.

If you are using meters to measure your height, then you should take your weight reading in kilograms while if you have done so in inches, then take the weight reading in pounds.

Assuming that you have the following:

Height: 1.78m
Weight: 95kg

The calculation for BMI would be: 95/ (1.78×1.78)

= 95/3.1684

= 29.99

29.99 is then your BMI score.

You can then base it on the following reference:

 

Below 18.5: Underweight

18.5-24.9: Healthy Weight

 

25-29.9: Moderately Overweight

30-34.9: Obese

35-39.9:  Very Obese

Above 40: Dangerously Obese

 

In this context, the BMI score is 29.9 which is in the ‘Moderately Overweigh’ levels. This would mean that you should start cutting down on your food intake and to practice a healthier diet. It would be good to exercise more and to look for ways to reduce your MBI to the ‘Healthy Weigh’ levels which is around 18.5-24.9 scores.