How is Obesity Measured?

In recent years, the body mass index (BMI) has become the medical standard used to measure overweight and obesity.

It is a height-weight system of measurement that applies to both sexes. It’s not a perfect system, because (e.g.) very muscular people may fall into the “overweight” category when they are actually healthy and fit. But it’s a useful pointer for most people.

How is Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated?

BMI is found by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by height in meters squared.

The BMI mathematical formula is:

BMI = kg/m2

Note: To determine your BMI using pounds and inches, multiply your weight in pounds by 704.5, then divide the result by your height in inches, and divide that result by your height in inches a second time.

To see a simple obesity chart, click: Obesity Chart


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