BMI (Body Mass Index) is a formula that estimates your personal body fat by using both your weight and height. Excess body fat is often related to many serious health conditions such as coronary heart disease including heart attack and stroke, and diabetes. As such a low, high or very high BMI may represent high to very severe risks to health.
For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. Unfortunately however, BMI doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. As a result BMI may:
- - Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
- - Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit
- - Inadequately evaluate health risks of people with excess abdominal fat
Talk with your doctor if you have questions about your BMI.
How Is It Calculated?
BMI=(Weight in Kilograms/(Height in Meters)2