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What is a healthy weight

Health risks from being overweight

These risks are associated with overweight and obese adults

Adults whose BMI is larger than 25 (overweight) or whose BMI is over than 30 (obese) have an elevated risk for many diseases and health conditions, including,:

Explanation

Begun way back in 1830, BMI is a single figure used to as a way of measuring a person's body shape. Put simply, it is calculated by dividing the body's weight by the square of their height. Eg: Kilograms: weight, divided by Metres (Meters): height. 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.

Formula for BMI

The formula below is used to measure BMI
  • BMI = weight(kilograms) / height2 (metres2)         (Metric Units)
  • BMI = 703 . weight(pounds) / height2 (inches2)         (Imperial Units)

BMI limitations

Body Mass formulations do not take into account physical characteristic variants.
More information here wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index#Limitations for more details.