What is BMI and what does it stand for ?

So what is BMI and what does it stand for ? BMI stands for body mass index. Simply put BMI is given by the formula by dividing your weight in kilograms to your height in metres squared. Weight in kg / Height in Metres ^2 BMI gives a measure of how much your body weight […]
What is BMI and what does it stand for ?

So what is BMI and what does it stand for ?

BMI stands for body mass index.

Simply put BMI is given by the formula by dividing your weight in kilograms to your height in metres squared.

Weight in kg / Height in Metres ^2

BMI gives a measure of how much your body weight should be as compared to your height. So BMI is a constant scale for people of different heights. If you are taller your weight will be high but your BMI will still fall in the average range. Similarly if you are shorter than your weight needs to be low and you would still fall in the average range.

The average range in BMI is from 18 to 23 which is considered normal body weight according to your height.

If your BMI is heigher than than 23 you fall in the overweight category and if it is higher than 25 you fall in the obese category 1 and similarly higher BMI go into obese category 2 and 3 and then into morbid obesity.

If your BMI is lower than 18 than you fall in the underweight category. It could be due to some psychiatric conditions or just natural for some people.

Though BMI is an accurate predictor of health issues it may not be the case for each and every man/woman.

So for. E.g. BMI doesn’t account for the muscle mass of the body. So for bodybuilders the BMI will be high but these bodybuilders are not actually obese or overweight. They have higher content of muscle as compared to an average guy who will have a higher percentage of fat cells.

If you want to dive even deeper into the science you can do so here.

Learn more about what is BMI and what does it stand for on Pubmed or CDC.

Calculate your BMI at the CDC BMI Calculator here.

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