Body Mass Index (BMI)

A simple calculation and good place to start to see how you are doing health wise is to calculate your Body Mass Index or BMI. Your BMI is a statistical measure of body weight based on your weight and height. It does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, but is used to estimate a healthy body weight based on a person's height. Due to its ease of measurement and calculation it is the most widely used diagnostic tool to identify weight problems, usually whether individuals are underweight, overweight or obese. To calculate your BMI use one of the following equations depending on which system of units you are using:


Once you have your BMI calculated you can use the chart below to see which weight classification you fall under.  

Alternatively you can use the graph below based on your weight and height without having to calculate your actual BMI:

BMI can also be used to estimate your risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart disease.  The higher the BMI falls into the obese range the more risk of developing these diseases.  Through a healthy diet and a good exercise program you can lower your BMI and greatly reduce the risk of developing one of these deadly diseases.


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