What is BMI?
BMI, an abbreviation for Body Mass Index, is a way to measure your health in terms of weight. While BMI can’t tell you everything — if you have a nutritional deficiency or an illness — it can tell you whether your weight is in a healthy or unhealthy range according to your height-weight ratio.
What BMI doesn’t include
Because this is a rough estimate based on statistics, it doesn’t account for individual differences in —
- Bone structure (small, medium or large)
- Muscle mass
- Body fat percentage
- Hip to waist ratio
Why is it important to know my BMI?
If you are health- and weight-conscious, BMI is an easy way to check whether you are at a healthy weight or if you might be at risk for weigh-related diseases.
What do BMI numbers represent?
- BMI 18.5 or less = Underweight
- BMI 18.5–24.9 = Normal weight
- BMI 25–29.9 = Overweight
- BMI 30+ = Obesity
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