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Health risks from being overweight

These dangers are associated with overweight and obese adults

Adults with a BMI of greater than 25 (overweight) or whose BMI is greater than 30 (obese) have an increased risk for a number of diseases and health conditions, including,:

BMI History

B.M.I. Prime is simple way of defining a single figure that is not immedieately related to any other units of measurement, but which can quickly and easily rank a person into a category. Eg:
  • BMI Prime < 0.74 = Underweight
  • BMI Prime > 0.74 and < 1.00 = Optimal weight
  • BMI Prime > 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.

The maths

This is how BMI is calculated
  • BMI = weight(kilograms) / height2 (metres2)         (Metric Units)
  • BMI = 703 . weight(pounds) / height2 (inches2)         (Imperial Units)

BMI limitations

BMI categories are generally regarded as a satisfactory tool for measuring whether sedentary individuals are underweight, overweight or obese with various exceptions, such as: athletes, children, the elderly, and the infirm.
See wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index#Limitationsinfomation.