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What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

The Body Mass Index or BMI is measure of body fat based on height & weight that applies to both adult men & women.

 

BMI does not differentiate between body fat & muscle mass.  So, body builders & people who have a lot of muscle bulk will have a high BMI but will not be classified as overweight or obese.

BMI Classifications

Classification

BMI

Underweight<19
Ideal BMI19 – 25
Overweight 25 – 30
Obese > 30
Severely Obese > 35
Morbidly Obese > 40
Super Obese > 50

Different Types of Fat

An obese person can develop a certain body profile. There are Two different types of fat deposits. Fat predominantly distributed around the waist is also a risk factor for health complications such as cardiovascular disease & type II diabetes.  Fat predominantly deposited around the hips & buttocks does not seem to carry this same risk level.

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References
Victorian Government, Better Health Channel, available at http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
World Health Organisation, Global Database on Body Mass Index, available at https://www.who.int/

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