Body Mass Index

 

Finding Your BMI
Enter your weight and height below and click "Calculate BMI" button. You can perform "what if calculations" by changing your body weight up or down.

 
 
 
Weight: lbs.
 
Height: Ft. In.
  
 
Body Mass Index
 
 
 
 

Generally, BMI is an accurate reflection of body fat. However, it is less accurate if you are:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding

  • A competitive or body-building athlete

  • Have a high level of muscle, or skeletal mass

  • Have a chronic health condition.

New Important Study: Boston University School of Medicine, 8-01-2002, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
 
Cardiologists have long known that obesity increases the risk of death from heart failure, but a new study shows that being even slightly overweight - as little as four pounds over - also increases the risk substantially.

A 15-yeat study on nearly 6,000 people show that being overweight alone is responsible for 11% of cases of heart failure in men and 14% of cases in women, a team from the Boston University School of Medicine, reported on 8-01-2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

An estimated 61% adults, 13% young children, and 14% adolescents are now overweight. People are considered normal if their BMI is less than 25, overweight if it is from 25 to 29.9 and obese if it is 30 and above.

The team concluded that, independent of all other factors, each 1-point increase above 25 in BMI caused a 5% increase in risk for men and a 7% increase for women. The risk of heart failure was 34% higher in those who were overweight and 68% in those who were obese.

 

 

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