Body mass index (BMI)

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The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a straightforward and commonly employed method for determining whether a person is underweight, of healthy weight, overweight, or obese. The BMI is determined using a person's height and weight and provides a broad indicator of their body fat levels. Here is a detailed breakdown on how to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI).

Measure your Height,Weight,BMI

Before calculating your BMI, you must first measure your height in meters. You must adjust your height to meters if you are using feet and inches. To accomplish this, multiply your height in feet by 0.3048 and add the resulting number to your height in inches multiplied by 0.0254.

Measure your weight

The next step is to measure your weight in kilograms. You must convert your weight from pounds to kilograms if you're using pounds. To determine your BMI, divide your weight in pounds by 2.20462.

Calculate your BMI

After determining your height and weight, you may calculate your BMI. Divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters to do this. Your Body Mass Index is the resulting number.

A BMI interpretation

The World Health Organization (WHO) offers the following recommendations for calculating BMI:

  • It is essential to remember that BMI is not a perfect measurement and can be altered by a variety of factors, such as muscle mass, age, gender, and ethnicity. Athletes and persons with a significant amount of muscular mass, for instance, may have a high BMI despite having a low body fat percentage.

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