Graph your BMI

How much should I weigh?

What's my BMI

Health dangers due to obesity

These difficulties are associated with obese and overweight adults

Adults whose Body Mass Index is greater than 25 (overweight) or whose BMI is greater than 30 (obese) have a marked increase in risk for various diseases and health conditions, including,:

Explanation

Body Mass Index Prime is method of using the results of the BMI calculations to quickly and easily rank a person into a category. Eg:
  • BMI Prime less than 0.74 = Underweight.
  • BMI Prime greater than 0.74 and less than 1.00 = Optimal weight.
  • BMI Prime greater than 1 = Overweight
BMI, sometimes known as the Quetelet index, is a measure used to estimate a person's body shape based upon a person' weight and height. It originated in Belguim around the 1840's by Adolphe Quetelet. It is a simple calculation based on the individual's body weight divided by the square of their height.

Do the sums

How Body Mass Index is worked out
  • BMI = weight(kilograms) / height2 (metres2)         (Metric Units)
  • BMI = 703 . weight(pounds) / height2 (inches2)         (Imperial Units)

BMI limitations

BMI calcs ignore variation in physical characteristics.
See wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index#Limitations for more details.