What gets measured gets improved
- Body Mass Index or BMI is a starting point to evaluate your health.
- BMI is used in determining obesity.
- BMI is one of the best known parameter to check the menace of obesity.
- BMI is a better predictor of disease risk than body weight alone.
- BMI is an inexpensive alternative to direct measurements of body fat.
- BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fat for most adults.
Why is BMI important?
If your BMI is high, you may have an increased risk of developing certain diseases including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol and blood lipids (LDL)
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Sleep Apnea
- Female Infertility
- Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
- urinary stress incontinence
If your BMI trend is going up it is time to take action to prevent further weight gain.
BMI and Obesity
As stated above, BMI is a good indicator of obesity. Overweight and obesity lead to adverse metabolic effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin resistance. Risks of coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke and type 2 diabetes mellitus increase steadily with increasing body mass index (BMI).
How to Calculate BMI:
It is measured as the weight in Kg divided by the square of the height in metres.
weight / height X height
Weight in Kg
Height in meters
|Weight Status||BMI Range|
|Moderate Thinnes||16.00 – 16.99|
|Mild thinness||17.00 – 18.49|
|Normal Range||18.50 – 24.99|
|Pre-obese||25.00 – 29.99|
|Obese class I||30.00 – 34.99|
|Obese class II||35.00 – 39.99|
|Obese class II||>=40.00|