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How to Calculate BMI - Just Enter Your Details, Its That Easy!

If you are asking how to calculate BMI, then this calculator will give you a quick answer. Maybe you would like to know more, like what is BMI? or is there an average BMI? then read on.

By maintaining your weight within the normal or desirable range for your height, health risks of all kinds, such as diabetes,hypertension and heart disease, are reduced. Especially as there are often no obvious signs of high blood pressure.

BMI or body mass index is a statistical measurement which compares a person's weight and height. It doesn't actually measure the percentage of body fat, it is used to estimate a healthy body weight based on how tall a person is. Because its easy to use, it is the most widely used diagnostic tool to identify weight problems, usually whether individuals are underweight, overweight or obese. It was invented between 1830 and 1850 by the Belgian Adolphe Quetelet. (Source - Wikipedia)

The actual formula that you can use if you really want to know the finer details of how to calculate BMI, is to divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in metres.

Calculation:Weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared
kg/m2 = bmi

Example: A person 1.75m tall, weighing 70kg, the calculation would be:- 70 kg / 1.752 = 22.9 BMI

Alternatively, using imperial units, multiply your weight in lbs by 703, and divide by the square of your height in inches.

Calculation: Weight in pounds (lb) x 703 divided by height in inches squared
lb x 703/inches2 = bmi

Example: A person 5 feet 8 inches, or 68 inches tall, weighing 11 stone, or 158lbs, the calculation would be:- 158 x 703/682 = 24 BMI

Working out your BMI is much simpler if you use this calculator.

Healthy BMI or the 'desirable' range is between 19 and 25, and we should all try to keep within this range because statistically the death rate rises for both men and women from all causes if their BMI is above this range. Obviously knowing how to calculate BMI, and what the recommended BMI range is, is another key factor in achieving a healthy lifestyle. Please don't regard it as the sole indicator of good health.

Guidelines for interpreting your BMI calculator results are as follows:

  • Under weight <19
  • Desirable 19-25
  • Increased Health Risks 25-30
  • Obese 30-40
  • Extremely obese >40

The BMI calculator provides a simple way for us to assess body composition, but of course it doesn't differentiate between muscle and fat. If your BMI result doesn't fall within the 'desirable' range it can be achieved by following healthy eating guidelines and is just one of many good reasons-to-exercise.

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