We are sure you have heard several times people mention BMI in relation to fitness and weight loss.
Some of you may have found out what it is out of curiosity and the rest of you might not have been bothered because the conversation didn’t involve you.
It is essential that everyone knows what their BMI is and what it means to their health.
The Body Mass Index (BMI) or Quetelet index is a value derived from the weight and height of an individual.
The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and then categorize that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value.
BMI provides a simple numeric measure of a person’s thickness or thinness, allowing health professionals to discuss weight problems more objectively with their patients.
You, however, don’t need to go to the hospital to be able to calculate your BMI.
All you need to do is
- divide your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in metres (m)
- then divide the answer by your height again to get your BMI.
Now whatever answer you get needs an interpretation and that will actually determine your trip to the doctor or not.
The figure you get determines whether you are healthy or not. Here is what your BMI actually means depending on the figure you get.
Underweight: Your BMI is less than 18.5.
Healthy weight: Your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.
Overweight: Your BMI is 25 to 29.9.
Obese: Your BMI is 30 or higher
So before you move away from another BMI conversation because it doesn’t concern you, remember that everyone needs to know what their BMI is to be able to determine their meal plan and exercise routine.