BMI stands for Body Mass Index, which is a simple calculation derived from your height and weight. BMI is inversely related to fitness, meaning that the higher your BMI, the less likely you are to be fit.It is closely linked to body fat and health, and is a great way to check if you are a healthy weight for your height.

It is defined as the body mass divided by the square of the body height, and is universally expressed in units of kg/m2, resulting from mass in kilograms and height in meters.

It is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and then categorize that person as underweightnormal weightoverweight, or obese based on that value. However, there is some debate about where on the BMI scale the dividing lines between categories should be placed. Commonly accepted BMI ranges are underweight: under 18.5, normal weight: 18.5 to 25, overweight: 25 to 30, obese: over 30.

BMI = Mass (kg) / [Heights (mt) X Heights (mt)]

Your BMI means nothing if you don’t know how to analyze it.

Below 18.5

you are considered underweight.

5 -24.9

If your number falls here, you are in the healthy range. You are neither underweight nor overweight.

25 – 29.9

You are considered Overweight. Once your number falls in this zone you need to take a serious look at your health as you are more prone to certain diseases. If you continue to gain weight you can become obese.

30 & Above

You are considered to be Obese. This is the most undesirable zone because it indicates you are predisposed to various diseases such as heart disease, type II diabetes, and sleep apnea – if you aren’t affected by these already.

The WHO regards a BMI of less than 18.5 as underweight and may indicate malnutrition, an eating disorder, or other health problems. These ranges of BMI values are valid only as statistical categories. Please note that although the BMI calculator is relatively accurate, there are individual cases where it cannot be relied upon. For example if you are under 16, elderly, or are very muscular this calculator should not be used to indicate health.

A frequent use of the BMI is to assess how much an individual’s body weight departs from what is normal or desirable for a person’s height. The weight excess or deficiency may, in part, be accounted for by body fat (adipose tissue) although other factors such as muscularity also affect BMI significantly (see discussion below and overweight).

About the Author:

Saroshi is the co-founder & content head of Disfit. She brings an experience of around 10 years as a professional Yoga trainer and therapist. She has previously worked with Bharat Thakur’s Artistic Yoga and she takes regular yoga classes in Pune. Her strength lies in managing injuries and particularly preparing athletes for marathons. When she is not working out, you will find her travelling to new places. You can reach her at saroshi@disfit.in.

 

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