What is Body Mass Index-BMI

BMI stands for body mass index. It is calculated by dividing the weight of a person to his/her height. The units can be different for every calculator. In some, the weight is taken in pounds while in others weight is taken in kilograms. Similarly in some height is taken in meters while in some it is taken in feet and inches. If the BMI is high that means you have high amount extra fat deposited in body and that can be a potential risk for your health. BMI is an effective way to analyze body fat comfortably even sitting at home.

Importance of BMI calculator

The importance of knowing is very significant. BMI can tell you whether your current weight is healthy or not. And it urges you to make changes in your BMI if you are underweight or overweight. But BMI is not absolute for knowing that, because BMI cannot tell you about the amount of visceral fat. Bones and muscles are denser than flesh, so athletes have a high BMI and the bmi chart values might place them in the overweight category while they are perfectly healthy.

Body Mass Index – BMI chart

BMI chart is the chart that is needed to compare the values you obtained from the calculator to the BMI chart. This BMI chart will help you to recognize the amount of extra fat that needs to be shed off. BMI chart values and what they mean are as follows:

you will be suggested to eat more to gain weight so you can lie within a normal range

Congratulations! you are of normal weight

You will be advised to lose weight and start doing exercise so you can reduce the risk of obesity

Special diets and weight loss management programmes will be suggested as well as you need to consult a Nutritionist.

High BMI and possible health risks

High BMI or body mass index points towards potential health risks which are as follows:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Hypertension
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Joints pain
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Diabetes mellitus