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Body Mass Index

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Body Mass Index (BMI) is a single number that evaluates an individual's weight status in relation to height.

BMI is generally used as the first indicator in assessing body fat and has been the most common method of tracking weight problems and obesity among adults. BMI is a mathematical formula in which a person's body weight in kilograms is divided by the square of his or her height in meters.

The BMI is more highly correlated with body fat than any other indicator of height and weight. The criteria for obesity is the same for both men and women. Someone who is 5'7 inches is obese at 192 pounds and a person who is 5'11 inches is obese at 215 pounds.

How BMI Is Calculated

BMI is calculated the same way for both adults and children. The calculation is based on the following formulas:

Body mass index chart

To find out what your BMI is, go to our Health and Wellness Tools and click on the BMI Calculator link to open an online calculator that will tell you in an instant!

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