What Is Your BMI?

The BMI or Body Mass Index is a calculation of a person’s weight in kg divided by their height in meters squared.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines the values for healthy weight, overweight and obesity. Overweight is a BMI of 27.3 or more for women and 27.8 or more for men. Obesity is a BMI of 30 or more for either sex (about 30 pounds overweight).

Since the formula doesn’t consider whether the weight is carried as fat or muscle, there are certain populations that should refrain from using this formula:

-        Athletes

-        Pregnant women

-        Elderly

-        Children

-        Body builders

Even if you are really tall or really short, you have to be careful when using this formula because again, it doesn’t consider if it is fat or muscle.

You can use this as a general guide, but a better approach to a healthy weight is to focus on your body fat percentage.

For that you need certain tools and a professional to help you. Ask any of the trainers if you would like to get your body fat percentage.






Laura Hobson