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The Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of human body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. Also known as Quetelet index, this heuristic does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, but is instead meant to assess how much an individual's body weight departs from what is normal or desirable for a person of his or her height.
The World Health Organization regards a BMI of less than 18.5 as underweight and may indicate malnutrition, an eating disorder, or other health problems, while a BMI greater than 25 is considered overweight and above 30 is considered obese. These ranges of BMI values are valid only as statistical categories when applied to adults, and do not predict health.
|Category||BMI range – kg/m2|
|Severely underweight||less than 16.0|
|Underweight||between 16.0 and 18.5|
|Normal||between 18.5 and 25|
|Overweight||between 25 and 30|
|Obese Class I||between 30 and 35|
|Obese Class II||between 35 and 40|
|Obese Class III||over 40|
To facilitate the computation of a person's BMI knowing the person's height and weight - in either metric or U.S. units -, I have designed this simple BMI calculator based on the National Institute of Health's Body Mass Index Tables/bmi_tbl.htm.
- ↑ "Standard BMI Calculator". In National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/
- ↑ "Body Mass Index". In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index
- ↑ "BMI Classification". In World Health Organization. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from http://apps.who.int/bmi/index.jsp?introPage=intro_3.html
- ↑ "Body Mass Index Tables". In National Health Institute. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity