BMI Calculator

Posted: November 17, 2010 in Exercise Programming, Goals

Body mass index is used by medical professionals to help assess patients as overweight or obese. In addition, BMI can be used to determine a patient’s risk for a variety of diseases and ailments. This is a primary and inexpensive screening tool that can used in conjunction with blood glucose tests, complete blood counts, and medical histories to help medical professional determine a patient’s risk for obesity related illnesses and conditions. Body mass index is a comparison of an individual’s height and weight.

A BMI reading between 18 and 25 is considered normal.
A BMI below 18 puts you in the category of being underweight or you could be on the low end of the growth curve for your age group or simply be very athletic.
A BMI of over 25 means you are considered at risk for being overweight.
A BMI over 30 means you are considered to be overweight.

When you find yourself with a high body mass index, you are increasing your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.  Low BMI scores can be an indication of malnutrition or possibly eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia. When body fat it too low this can have a negative effect on health including damage to women’s reproductive system, fatigue, depression, fainting, heart problems, and in extreme cases organ failure or even death.

Body mass index does have it’s draw backs. BMI does not draw a line between people with too much fat and those who are extremely athletic, muscular. This measurement often overestimates muscle for fat and is not very effective in those who have lost a lot of muscle mass, such as the elderly or those with serious illness. High body mass index in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding as well as those under 5 feet tall is not an indication of being overweight.

Check out this BMI Calculator

  1. ELizabeth Fairey says:

    This was extremely helpful! What if a person’s weight shifts ?