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Published on November 02, 2011

BMI (Body Mass Index)

November 2, 2011

Check your BMI! Formula to check your BMI:

BMI = Weight in lbs/(height in inches x height in inches) x 703
For example, someone who is 5'6" (66") and weighs 160 lbs. has a BMI of:
160/(66 x 66) x 703 = 25.8

Body Mass Index (BMI) measures the relationship between weight and height and is one of the most accurate ways to determine if extra pounds pose health risks. In June of 1998, the federal government announced guidelines which established a definition of a healthy weight. A BMI score of 20-24 is associated with the lowest health risk, while a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight.

Individuals who have a BMI in the range of 25-34.9 and who have a waist size of over 35 inches for women or 40 inches for men are considered to be at an especially increased risk for health problems. Exceptions to a high BMI score include athletes whose BMI is high due to increased muscle mass, and pregnant or lactating women. According to health experts, people who are overweight but who have no other risk factors (such as heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes) should eat healthfully and exercise to prevent further weight gain.

It is recommended that individuals who are overweight and who have health risks actively try to lose weight. A weight loss of just five to ten percent can reduce an individual's risk for other health problems. It is suggested that individuals consult a doctor or other health professional before beginning any exercise or weight loss program.


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