Body Mass Index (BMI) Assessment

What is BMI? | Determining Your BMI | Understanding Your BMI



What is BMI?


BMI is a tool used by health professionals, nutritionists, and some insurance companies to assess risk of health problems linked to body size. BMI relates to body fat. The risk of obesity related health problems increases as your BMI increases. Those risks include, but are not limited to, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

BMI is increasingly becoming utilized, rather than "ideal weight" charts, to gauge weight management progress.




Determining Your BMI


The Calculation for BMI

BMI = [Weight in pounds ÷ Height in inches ÷ Height in inches] x 703



Determine your BMI by using the table below. Begin by finding your height in inches along the left column. From that height, follow the row to the right until you reach your approximate weight. From your weight, follow the column upwards to the BMI numbers (19-35) along the top row.


Body Mass Index Chart


BMI

Height

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

35
58" 91 96 100 105 110 115 119 124 129 134 138 143 148 153 158 162 167
59" 94 99 104 109 114 119 124 128 133 138 143 148 153 158 163 168 173
60" 97 102 107 112 118 123 128 133 138 143 148 153 158 163 168 174 179
61" 100 106 111 116 122 127 132 137 143 148 153 158 164 169 174 180 185
62" 104 109 115 120 126 131 136 142 147 153 158 164 169 175 180 186 191
63" 107 113 118 124 130 135 141 146 152 158 163 169 175 180 186 191 197
64" 110 116 122 128 134 140 145 151 157 163 169 174 180 186 192 197 204
65" 114 120 126 132 138 144 150 156 162 168 174 180 186 192 198 204 210
66" 118 124 130 136 142 148 155 161 167 173 179 186 192 198 204 210 216
67" 121 127 134 140 146 153 159 166 172 178 185 191 198 204 211 217 223
68" 125 131 138 144 151 158 164 171 177 184 190 197 203 210 216 223 230
69" 128 135 142 149 155 162 169 176 185 189 196 203 209 216 223 230 236
70" 132 139 146 153 160 167 174 181 188 195 202 209 216 222 229 236 243
71" 136 143 150 157 165 172 179 186 193 200 208 215 222 229 236 243 250
72" 140 147 154 162 169 177 184 191 199 206 213 221 228 235 242 250 258
73" 144 151 159 166 174 182 189 197 204 212 219 227 235 242 250 257 265
74" 148 155 163 171 179 186 194 202 210 218 225 233 241 249 256 264 272
75" 152 160 168 176 184 192 200 208 216 224 232 240 248 256 264 272 279
76" 156 164 172 180 189 197 205 213 221 230 238 246 254 263 271 279 287



Understanding Your BMI


BMI Categories

  • Underweight = <18.5

  • Normal weight = 18.5-24.9

  • Overweight = 25-29.9

  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

Lowering BMI by as little as 2 points can greatly decrease the risk of obesity related health problems.

The BMI of those people aged 2 to 20 years old is calculated in the same way as those 21 and older, however, the interpretation is different. Consult with your physician for a correct interpretation of calculated BMI.

BMI is based solely on height and weight. For those who have a high amount of muscle, your BMI may be overestimated. The opposite may hold true for those who are elderly and have lost muscle. BMI scores may be helpful but they are not perfect, there are numerous variables that can affect BMI, such as pregnancy. It is best to consult with your physician.

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