Do you have a healthy BMI?

The Body Mass Index (or BMI) is a way of seeing if your weight is appropriate for your height. The actual calculation is your weight (in kilograms) divided by your height (in metres) squared but it’s also easy to read on the chart. BMI can be divided into several categories and generally the higher your BMI, the greater your risk of a large range of medical problems.

BMI charts are calculated for adults only (separate charts are available for children’s weight and heights). Inaccuracies can also occur if you’re an athlete or very muscular as this can give you a higher BMI even if you have a healthy level of body fat and this BMI chart is not appropriate for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or people who are very frail.

 

The BBC have a great tool you can use to check your BMI here!

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3 Responses to “Do you have a healthy BMI?”

  1. Vania November 3, 2012 10:30 am #

    which are the values considered normal for men and for women? There is a difference between the body mass of men and women…

  2. From NHS website November 16, 2012 5:38 pm #

    BMI is a nonsense. It’s far to simplistic and doesn’t make any allowance for fitness,muscle mass and general build.

    I’m 6’2 and 16 stone. Using the BMI scale I’m apparently overweight and just under obese! yet I run 35 miles a week, can run 5 miles in 36 minutes, 10hrs of strength training and cycle 100 miles a week . Using the BMI I’m in bad shape and need to lose weight urgently!

    Forget BMI – Just stand in front of a mirror naked and be honest with yourself. It’s is a far more accurate guide to the shape you’re in!

  3. Crystal February 5, 2013 4:48 pm #

    This article has recently appeared showing that a lot of other people agree that the BMI calculation is not as accurate as it should be:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21229387

    Why not see if your BMI has changed using the new way of calculating it!

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