What is BMI and do we need to pay much attention to this calculation?
BMI (stands for Body Mass Index) is a method of estimating a person’s body fat levels based on a person’s weight and height measurement. While the BMI calculation is an indirect measurement, it has been found to be a fairly reliable indicator of body fat measures in most people. Research on BMI calculations finds a strong correlation with other, more complicated direct measurements of body fat levels, including underwater weighing. Because BMI is a simple calculation, anyone can use it to determine health risk due to excess body fat levels.
How do we calculate our BMI?
BMI Formula is simply: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2
There are several calculators online where you can enter your height and weight, and your BMI will be automatically calculated.
Example: Weight = 68 kg, Height = 165 cm (1.65 m)
Calculation: 68 / (1.65) 2 = 24.98
What does the BMI Number represent?
You can interpret your BMI result using this simple chart. For adults, BMI results are interpreted as follows:
- BMI below 18.5 = Underweight
- BMI 18.5 – 24.9 = Normal weight
- BMI 25.0 – 29.9 = Overweight
- BMI 30.0 and Above = Obese
WHY is BMI Important?
As an adult, maintaining a normal BMI is crucial for your future health, because a high BMI has been linked to an increased risk for diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
How accurate is BMI?
Whilst BMI is a fairly accurate snapshot on where your health is, there are also several other factors that cannot be measured through this calculation, and must be taken into account. Some factors include:
- Women tend to have more body fat than men.
- Older people tend to have more body fat than younger adults.
- Highly trained athletes often have a high BMI due to higher levels of muscle mass which increases their body weight measurement, rather than higher body fat causing a higher weight measurement.
Why check our BMI?
The reason the BMI is used for screening the health of the general population is due to the strong correlation between being overweight or obese and having health problems, chronic disease, and premature death.
How can I lower my BMI?
Remember that BMI is a calculation using your weight and your height. Adults who need to decrease their BMI must lose weight, because you obviously can’t change your height..
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