Body Mass Index is a measurement of body fat using your weight and your height.
These are the calculations:
- Measure your weight in kilograms (kg).
- Measure your height in meters (m).
Once you have those measurements, you can use the following formula to calculate your BMI:
BMI = weight (kg) / (height (m) * height (m))
For example, if you weigh 70 kilograms and your height is 1.75 meters, the calculation would be as follows:
BMI = 70 kg / (1.75 m * 1.75 m)
Using a calculator, you would first square your height:
1.75 * 1.75 = 3.0625
Then divide your weight by the squared height:
70 kg / 3.0625 = 22.857
In this example, the BMI would be approximately 22.857.
After calculating your BMI, you can refer to the following ranges to interpret the results:
- Underweight: BMI less than 18.5
- Normal weight: BMI between 18.5 and 24.9
- Overweight: BMI between 25 and 29.9
- Obesity: BMI 30 or higher
Remember that BMI is a general indicator and does not take into account other factors such as muscle mass or body composition. It's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional for a more comprehensive assessment.