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BMI Calculator and How to use it?

Patient Testimonial in Vijaya Karnataka
Patient testimonial in Vijaya Karnataka
September 22, 2020
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Definition of BMI

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a value that is calculated from the mass (weight) and height using BMI Calculator.

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The BMI is defined as the body mass over body height square, and is universally expressed in units of kg/m2, resulting from mass in Kgs and height in mts.

The BMI is a convenient rule of thumb used widely to categorize a person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on muscle, fat, and bone and height of an individual. Commonly accepted Body Mass Index (BMI) ranges are underweight (under 18.5 kg/m2), normal weight (18.5 kg/m2 to 25 kg/m2), overweight (25 kg/m2 to 30 kg/m2), and obese (over 30 kg/m2). BMI provides easy numeric measure of a person’s thickness or thinness. This allows health professionals to discuss about the weight problems more effectively with their patients.

Why it’s important?

BMI (Body Mass Index) is important as it is widely regarded that your chances of having a longer and healthier life are improved if you have a healthy BMI.

If your BMI is high, then you may also have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as other metabolic diseases such as hypertension, high cholesterol and heart disease. Research shows that there is strong links between a high BMI and type 2 diabetes, with the risk of the condition rising with each increase in BMI.

BMI Chart

As we said earlier the obesity is classified in 4 different ways which are as follows,

  1. Under weight
  2. Normal weight
  3. Over weight
  4. Heavily over weight (Obese)

BMI of less than 18.5

A BMI of less than 18.5 kg/m2 indicates that you are underweight and you definitely need to add some weight. Having a good diet is really important for you. You may need to consult the dietitian for an advice.

BMI of less than 18.5

A BMI of less than 18.5 kg/m2 indicates that you are underweight and you definitely need to add some weight. Having a good diet is really important for you. You may need to consult the dietitian for an advice.

BMI of 18.5 – 24.9

A BMI of 18.5 kg/m2 – 24.9 kg/m2 indicates that you have a healthy weight for your height. By maintaining this weight, you lower your risk of developing serious health related issues.

BMI of 25 – 29.9

A BMI of 25 kg/m2 – 29.9 kg/m2 means that you are slightly overweight. You may be advised to lose some weight for health reasons. It is recommended that you to talk to the doctor or a dietitian for an advice.

BMI of over 30

A BMI of over 30 kg/m2 tells that you are heavily overweight. You may be at risk if you don’t lose your weight. You must reach out to the doctor for a good advice on your health.

Use this BMI calculator to find out what’s your number

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Consequences

The BMI ranges are based on the relationship between the body weight and the disease and death. Yes, the fat isn’t good for the health in adults. Infact, having good diet with regular exercise of an hour or so keeps body healthy. Having said that let’s dive in to the consequences of being overweight and obese.

  1. Heart related issues
  2. Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
  3. Hypertension
  4. Sleep apnea
  5. Stroke
  6. Infertility
  7. Gallbladder disease
  8. Dyslipidemia
  9. Cancers (At least 8 different type and more)

Conclusion

BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. BMI is a matric that can be used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems but it is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual. Having BMI in the range of 18.5 kg/m2 – 24.9 kg/m2 is good for an individual. This can be achieved from various ways.

It’s always better to talk to the specialist and take advice from them. As we said it’s condition based decisions may vary from individual to individual.

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