What is BMI? Why is it used as a health measurement tool? Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI is an important measure of overweight and obesity. It is calculated from your height and weight. BMI is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers.
What the limitations of using BMI as health measurement?
It may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build.
It may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle.
Use the BMI Calculator or BMI Tables to estimate your body fat. The BMI score means the following:
Underweight Below 18.5
Obesity 30.0 and Above
Remember, fat is also an important part of the body – in women, multiple studies have shown that with the right amount of fat, childbearing is more possible. The rule of *everything* in moderation is the key element in health. This is a salient point that Sachin Mayi makes in his book, You’re Fat, She’s Not.
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