- BMI Calculator
How it Works..
The BMI calculation is used as a screening tool to help medical professionals gauge if there is an increased health risk due to a persons your weight.
This should not be the only tool used to assess if you could potentially have a health risk due to your weight as some people will fall into a higher risk category that are not potentially at risk. A person may indeed fall into the overweight category but are in fact at a healthy weight for them. For example, a person with very little body fat and a larger percent of lean muscles may weigh than what is in the guidelines for their gender and height. The Body Mass Index calculation will only show potential excess body fat and weight problems and hense is more accurate in those who do not exercise.
Additional tests and evaluations would also have to be performed to be certain. Additional tests such as a skin fold test can be used to help measure the percentage of body fat. An evaluation of your diet, family history and activity level will also help measure your risk of weight related diseases. If you would like a more accurate assessment, do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with this.
Remember, this calculator is not 100% accurate and results are only to be used as an indication.
Body Mass Index Categories
The four classes help indicate where you stand with your weight compared to your height. This is a good indication if there are potential health issues due to your weight
The four classes have the following health risks;
Underweight < 18.5 Moderate Normal 18.5 - 24.9 Minimal Overweight 25 - 30 Moderate Obese > 30 High
Depending on what category you are at within a class, this risk could go up. For instance, if your BMI is under 16, this would be in the severe underweight class. This could increase any health risks due to the low body weight.
This is true for those in the obese class. If they had a BMI of over 40, this puts them in the Obese III category, increasing health related issues.
BMI is measure of body fat based on your height and weight. This applies to both adult men and women. BMI does not differentiate between body fat and muscle mass.
If you are a body builder or have a lot of muscle bulk you will have a higher BMI but would not be considered overweight or obese even if the calculator indicates this.
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