There are numerous ways to calculate your
Body Mass Index. Following are three ways to calculate your Body
Mass Index presented from easiest (the Body Mass Index Calculator
which will do it for you), to the hardest (grab your calculator
and do the math). Following the calculator, chart and formulae
is additional info you may find useful.
So you have calculated your BMI and found
which weight category your BMI matches. What does this all mean?
BMI is not the only indicator of health
BMI is just one of many factors
related to developing a chronic disease (such as heart disease,
cancer, or diabetes). Other factors that may be important to look
at when assessing your risk for chronic disease include:
· Physical Activity
· Waist Circumference
· Blood Pressure
· Blood Sugar Level
· Cholesterol Level
· Family History of disease
All persons who are obese or overweight
should try not to gain additional weight. In addition, those who
are obese or who are overweight with other risk factors should
consider losing weight. A complete health assessment by a physician
is the best way to decide the right steps for you.
Whatever your BMI, talk to your doctor to
see if you are at an increased risk for disease and if you should
lose weight. Even a small weight loss (just 10% of your current
weight) may help to lower the risk of disease.
Physical activity and good nutrition are
key factors in leading a healthy lifestyle and reducing risk for
Myth: BMI Measures Body Fat
Two people can have the same BMI, but a
different percent body fat. A bodybuilder with a large muscle
mass and a low percent body fat may have the same BMI as a person
who has more body fat because BMI is calculated using weight and
These men have the same height, weight,
and BMI, but may have different percent body fat.
This is a good reminder that BMI is only
one piece of a person's health profile. It is important to talk
with your doctor about other measures and risk factors. (e.g.,
waist circumference, smoking, physical activity level, and diet.)
Myth: BMI is a diagnostic tool
BMI alone is not diagnostic. It is one of
many risk factors for disease and death. As a person's BMI increases
the risk for many diseases increases as well.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control