BMI Calculator

The BMI Calculator will give you an idea of how your weight compares to common values. Body Mass Index (or BMI) is calculated as your weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of your height (in metres) or BMI = Kg/M2.

BMI Calculator should only be used by adults (pregnant or lactating women should not rely on these BMI readings), and no action should be taken based on its values other than to consult a healthcare provider.

Body mass index (BMI) calculator is a tool that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. A high BMI is associated with an increased risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes in adults.

BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat for most people.

Calculating your body mass index (BMI) is one way of trying to work out whether you are within a healthy weight range.

How is BMI calculated?

BMI is calculated the same way for both adults and children. The calculation is based on the following formulas:

BMI is calculated the same way for both adults and children. The calculation is based on the following formulas:
Measurement Units Formula and Calculation
Kilograms and meters (or centimeters) Formula: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2With the metric system, the formula for BMI is weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. Because height is commonly measured in centimeters, divide height in centimeters by 100 to obtain height in meters.

Example: Weight = 68 kg, Height = 165 cm (1.65 m)
Calculation: 68 ÷ (1.65)2 = 24.98

Pounds and inches Formula: weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703Calculate BMI by dividing weight in pounds (lbs) by height in inches (in) squared and multiplying by a conversion factor of 703.

Example: Weight = 150 lbs, Height = 5’5″ (65″)
Calculation: [150 ÷ (65)2] x 703 = 24.96

How is BMI interpreted for adults?

For adults 20 years old and older, BMI is interpreted using standard weight status categories. These categories are the same for men and women of all body types and ages.

The standard weight status categories associated with BMI ranges for adults are shown in the following table.
BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Healthy Weight
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obesity

For example, here are the weight ranges, the corresponding BMI ranges, and the weight status categories for a person who is 5′ 9″.

For example, here are the weight ranges, the corresponding BMI ranges, and the weight status categories for a person who is 5′ 9″.
Height Weight Range BMI Weight Status
5′ 9″ 124 lbs or less Below 18.5 Underweight
125 lbs to 168 lbs 18.5 to 24.9 Healthy Weight
169 lbs to 202 lbs 25.0 to 29.9 Overweight
203 lbs or more 30 or higher Obesity

 

Medically obesity and overweight is defined as a condition when a person is 20% above their ideal weight relative to their height and at such a stage the excess body weight becomes a medical liability and can be termed even as a disorder. Because of the fact that overweight individuals are at a greater risk for serious debilitating conditions such as diabetes, various cardiac disorders, and heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and even certain kinds of malignant cancer, medically obesity is considered serious even is not defined as a disease in and of itself. Being overweight also places a person at risk for arthritis because of the fact that the excess weight puts a lot of stress and pressure on the joints; this increases their wear and tear and leads to the early onset of arthritis.

Why Healthy Weight Is Important

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than two in three adults are considered overweight and one in three are considered obese. About 17 percent of children and teenagers (ages 2 to 19) are considered obese.

There are many reasons why being a healthy weight is important.

Did you know that a person with a BMI of between 30 and 35 may die two to four years earlier than someone of a healthy weight?

And a person with a BMI of between 40 and 45 may die eight to 10 years earlier.

People who are very underweight may also not live as long as those who are a healthy weight.

But it’s not just about the risk of dying younger, it’s also about your quality of life – or how well you feel. People who are a healthy weight have a lower risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Some types of cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Infertility
  • Breathing problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Fatty liver disease.

Children who are a healthy weight are less likely to be bullied and to have poor self-esteem and eating disorders.

So, being a healthy weight can help you live longer, reduce your chances of developing chronic disease, and help you get more out of life.

If you are overweight at the moment, there are lots of other benefits of losing weight that might help to get you motivated. You might like to find out more about getting ready to change.

The Benefits Of Losing Weight

If you are overweight or obese, there are many benefits to losing weight. You don’t have to lose all of those extra kilograms to reap the benefits – losing just 5-10 percent of your body weight can start delivering major health benefits. These include reducing your risk of:

  • Heart disease, and dying of heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes and its complications
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Some types of cancers
  • A weak bladder (in women)
  • The symptoms of arthritis
  • Knee problems related to weight
  • The symptoms of gastric reflux.

Losing Excess Weight Can Also Improve:

  • The quality of your sleep
  • Your breathing

As well as the health benefits, if you are overweight or obese, losing even a small amount of weight can improve your quality of life. It can make you more mobile and energetic, and improve your self-esteem.

Body Mass Index for Adults

Adults age 20 and older can interpret their BMI based on the following standard weight status categories. These are the same for men and women of all ages and body types

Your BMI will fit into one of 5 bands:

  • under 18.5 – This is described as underweight.
  • between 18.5 and 24.9 – This is described as the ‘healthy range’.
  • between 25 and 29.9 – This is described as overweight
  • between 30 and 39.9 – This is described as obesity
  • 40 or over – This is described as severe obesity

Why Your Weight Range Is Important

Health problems associated with a BMI in the obesity range include:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • stroke
  • heart disease
  • some cancers
  • issues with fertility in women
  • high blood pressure
  • osteoarthritis
  • fatty liver disease
  • kidney disease

Health problems associated with a BMI in the underweight range include:

  • weakened immune system
  • osteoporosis
  • anaemia
  • issues with fertility in women
  • palpitations

So if you are overweight or obese, there are many great reasons to consider losing weight. The natural products listed below can help to achieve your dream of getting to your desired weight!

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