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Body Mass Index 101
What is Body Mass Index or BMI?
The Body Mass Index is a simple reliable index used as an indicator of underweight, normal weight, overweight and obesity. It is calculated by dividing weight by the square of height. It is mainly used to separate weight categories that may lead to health problems. Often BMI is used to measure body fatness because it measures excess weight. Simply it is the adjusted weight for a particular height. Because of its simplicity anybody can measure their BMI using proper equipments with reasonable accuracy.
BMI Table for Adults
International BMI Standard:
Formula for Calculating Body Mass Index:
- Bodyweight in Kilogram and height in meter
- BMI = Weight (kg) / Square of Height (m) 2
- Unit of BMI: kg / m2
- Bodyweight in pound and height in inch
- BMI = (weight in pound / square of height in inch) x 703
- Unit of BMI: lb/in2
Things to consider when using BMI
- BMI can’t differentiate between fat, bone mass and muscle mass.
- It will not give any information about fat distribution.
- Factors such as sex, age, muscle mass and ethnicity can alter BMI
Note: BMI is inaccurate for athletes and bodybuilders. Since they have high muscle mass and bone density BMI categorise them into overweight.
So if you are an athlete or bodybuilder don’t worry about your high BMI value.
History of Body Mass Index
BMI was developed by AdolpheQuetelet, a Belgian mathematician, astronomer and statistician. The name he given to BMI was Social Physics. During his research he also considered factors such as gender, age etc. Actually he was trying to find the statistics of a healthy man. The modern day term Body Mass Index was first used in paper published in 1972 edition of Journal of Chronic Diseases by Ancel Keys.
Legislation of BMI:
In Israel, France, Spain and Italy use of fashion models having BMI less than 18 is banned. This is implemented in order to prevent anorexia among models and others interested in fashion.
BMI and Health Risks:
High BMI values indicates higher risk for certain diseases such as cardio vascular diseases, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, elevated insulin levels, breathing problems, gallstones and certain cancers.