Definition of Body Mass Index (BMI)

The BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) is used to define nutritional status and is derived from the formula:

WEIGHT(kg) /  HEIGHT(m)2  (Weight in kilograms divided by the square of your height in meters).

The standards are the same for men and women.

The acceptable range is 20-25. Obesity is taken to start at a BMI of 30 and gross obesity at 40. A BMI of 18-20 is defined as mild starvation and severe starvation begins when BMI falls below 16.

Go to this link for more information on Body Mass Index interpretation

Go to this link for a table which can determine your BMI.

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