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What Does Body Mass Index Mean?

Randy M. MartinNov 27, 2009 | edited Nov 27, 2009 - by @RandyMMartin

A trouble-free and low cost process for checking to see if a person falls into a category that may cause health problems is finding their Body Mass Index. The heaviness and height of the person is used to find the BMI number. Directly measuring body fat does not happen with BMI but comes close to procedures that do. Therefore, the BMI is used to check a person's amount of body fat.

It is used as a way to identify possible weight issues in adults. It is not an analytical method. A person can have an elevated BMI; but, a doctor needs to evaluate them for a possible health risk.

Using BMI is the best of all techniques for learning the amount of people that are overweight or obese. Since height and heaviness are all that is needed, inexpensive and effortless for doctors or the public to figure out. With BMI, a person can evaluate their heaviness to the rest of the population.

The BMI for children and adults is figured the same way. Using kilograms the formula is heaviness/height squared. For pounds and inches the formula is heaviness/height squared x 703.

If you are 20 or older, your BMI is based on standard weight groups that apply to all ages and sexes. For children and those under 20 age and sex have to be taken into consideration.

30 or more means you are obese, 25. 0 to 29. 0 means overweight,'. 5 to 24. 9 means underweight when it comes to the BMI guidelines.

Race, sex and age cause the connection that exists between BMI and body fat to vary a little.

BMI is not the only factor to consider in regards to risk for disease. To perform a risk assessment of developing obesity or overweight related problems other issues need to be addressed. The individual's waist size is one issue. The other issue includes all diseases or conditions associated with obesity.

According to the BMI weight status categories, anyone with a BMI over 25 would be classified as overweight and anyone with a BMI over 30 would be classified as obese.

Keep in mind that BMI does not measure body fat directly. It is determined using a person's weight and that includes both muscle and fat. It is possible to have a high BMI number but not be fat. Many people with BMIs in the 30 area or higher have higher levels of body fat.

Risks related to disease include numerous factors not just weight. Remember this when figuring your BMI.

Individuals who are obese or overweight have a significantly increased chance of developing issues or diseases caused by weight problems. Disease, death and weight are all part of the BMI range.

When trying to find the BMI for children use the same method as is done for adults. The standards that are used are the only difference. The age or sex of an individual affects the BMI. Body fat can change with age. Boys are different than girls when it comes to body fat.

After being calculated, the number is placed on the CDC BMI for age growth charts to discover the percentage. They are the most widely used gauge to determine the size and growth patterns of children in the United States. The percentile points to the relative position of the child's BMI number with others of the same age and sex. The growth charts show the weight status categories used with children and teens.

Compute your body mass index easily by visiting the HealthStatus.com website and use their quick and easy BMI calculator.

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edited Dec 20, 2009 - by @BodyMassIndexChildren28167
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