Type in the specified numbers to get your Body Mass Index (BMI) measured instantly. BMI is an index of a person's weight in relation to height. It does not directly measure percent of body fat, but provides a more accurate measure of overweight and obesity than relying on weight alone.
BMI values apply to both men and women, regardless of their age, frame size, or muscle mass. These values do not apply to athletes and body builders, pregnant and nursing women, frail or elderly persons or persons under 18.
People who are overweight or obese have a greater chance of developing high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. BMI by itself is not diagnostic of an individual patient's health status, but health risks increase gradually as BMI values increase.
Source:Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1998.
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