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Body Mass Index (BMI)

Determine how much weight you need to lose with BMI…

Body mass index (BMI) is a statistical measure of an individual's weight scaled according to his/her height. Basically it is a simple index of weight-for-height and is a useful tool and for most individuals to classify their current weight and determine an ideal or happy weight for themselves.

 

What it is…

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. It is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. It also provides a fairly reliable indicator of the weight range you want to maintain for your optimal health.

 

Why you need it…

It's a rough indicator of current health status and disease risk, based upon weight and degree of obesity. The calculation can be used to determine your ideal weight or ensure that your health and/or weight loss goals are realistic. Additionally it provides a general gauge of your possibility of health risks. Meaning the larger the degree a person is outside their range the more dramatically their possibility of health risks become.

 

How to Calculate Your BMI…

Calculate your BMI using one of the following options:

  • BMI Online Calculator - Everyday Health website calculates your BMI along with a related healthy weight based on your height.
  • BMI Online Calculator Plus - WebMD provides a BMI calculator that also analyzes your body shape based on your pant size, calculates your healthy weight range and heart rate.
  • Quick BMI Online Caclulator - National Institutes of Health standard BMI calculator, which also provides a metric option. You will be asked to enter your weight and height using either standard or metric measures.
  • BMI Tables - use static tables to determine your BMI along with a healthy weight for your body.

 

What do you do with this number…

Now that you know the right weight you can determine the ideal number of calories you should be eating to reach (or maintain) that weight.

 

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