• A BMI is a body mass index, i.e. how much fat % your body is. If the number is above 25%, you are getting towards an unhealthy level of fat
  • BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It's a scale used to tell if you're at the right weight for your height. Next time you go to the doctor check out the poster next to the scale (that's where it usually is) and you find your height, then your weight and it tells you what your BMI is, there are also some online tools that do the same. Below 18.5 = Underweight 18.5 - 24.9 = Normal 25.0 - 29.9 = Overweight 30.0 and Above = Obese
  • As fishnets noted nicely, it is a scale to help determine weight versus height. The only thing to note about using the BMI is that it is not an appropriate measure to use for pregnant women, people under 18, and athletes.
  • you've gotten the basic idea of what it refers to, but I want to caution you NOT to rely solely on height/weight; that's extremely inaccurate for many people. Muscle weighs far more than fat, so x-number of pounds on your height might be muscular and fit, or might be almost no muscle and therefore unhealthy level of fat. For instance, I'm about 5'10" If I weighed 140 pounds, the chart would show my BMI at "20." Now, if I were a body-builder and had lots of muscle making up that 140 pounds, my real BMI would be much lower. But if I had very little muscle mass, it could be a lot higher. The only way to get an accurate idea of your BMI is to use caliper measurements to determine how much of your weight is from fat vs. muscle. That's the real value of the number to begin with, so you might as well get it right!
  • Body mass Index
  • You can also use an online BMI calculator instead of doing the calculations yourself.
  • Body Mass Index I believe. It takes into account your size, there's an ideal BMI for every height, it's a way for fat people to disguise the fact that they're fat.
  • *** BMI (body mass index) is a height-to-weight ratio that can help to define whether a person is overweight or is already obese. According to the Mayo Clinic, a BMI rating of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered the healthiest. If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, then you are overweight. Anything over a BMI of 30 is viewed as obese. How do you check out against the chart? Do you perhaps need to see your doctor for suggestions or confirmation of your status? To calculate your BMI, multiply your weight in pounds by 705, divide the result by your height in inches, then divide that by your height in inches again. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds and are six feet tall, your BMI is 27 (200×705÷72÷72=27).

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