About BMI - Body Mass Index
• How BMI (Body Mass Index) is related to you?
• What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
• Why is it important to know your body mass index?
• How to calculate your BMI - Men and Women?
• Interpretation of your BMI score
• What should be your Normal weight or Healthy weight?
Before getting into BMI (Body Mass Index) let’s see why most of the people around the world is curious to check BMI.

BMI (Body Mass Index) tells you whether you are OVERWEIGHT, OBESE, OR NORMAL WEIGHT (healthy weight). People coming under
overweight or obese category carry HIGH BMI score. And high BMI score carries deadly health risks and various diseases.
According to WHO (World Health Organization) - Worldwide, at least 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or
obese, and an estimated 35.8 million (2.3%) of global DALYs (Disability-Adjusted Life Years) are caused by overweight or obesity.
Body Mass Index is recommended by worldwide governmental organizations, health researchers, doctors and medical organizations
as standard tool for determining whether you are underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese:-
WHO (World Health Organization)
US Dept of health and human services
Centers for Disease control and Prevention - USA
Dept of Health -UK
Victorian Department of Health & Human Services - Australia
How BMI is related to you?
Why is it important to know your body mass index- BMI?
Importance of BMI in Your life:-
How to calculate your BMI? - Adult Men and Women
BMI Helps to prevent disease at younger age
BMI’s importance is emphasized by its accuracy at measuring body fat. You can find your BMI at early age and work on it to reduce and then your elder and old age will be very pleasing and disease free.

BMI Assesses health Risks (diseases)
BMI’s accuracy at assessing increased risk of serious diseases makes it very important, according to the National Institutes of Health (USA) and the CDC (USA) .
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (USA) report that you are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes if your
BMI is between 25 and 29.9. Your risk of getting these three diseases is high if your BMI is between 30 and 35, very high if your BMI is 35 to 39.9 and extremely high if your BMI is 40 or above.

BMI Predicts Other Diseases
High BMI's also projects increased risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, endometrial cancer, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems, sleep apnea and strokes.
Also high BMI's project increased risk of high bad cholesterol levels, low good cholesterol levels and high triglycerides (Triglycerides are fats in your blood that the body uses for energy) levels, so knowing your BMI is important long before you are at risk of more serious cardiovascular diseases.
• In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were Overweight.  Of these over 600 million were Obese.
• 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were Overweight in 2014, and 13%  were obese.
• Most of the world's population lives in countries where Overweight and Obesity kills more people than underweight.
• 42 million children under the age of 5 were Overweight or Obese in 2013.
• Overweight and Obesity is preventable.
    For more country wise details please visit here
    Source - As per WHO (World Health Organization).
Where do you Stand ?
It is very important to know your current Body Mass Index ( BMI) because it will tell current weight status and if you are Underweight, Overweight or Obese then there are serious health complications and high risks related to your health.
In some cases it leads to mortality, disability and body organs failure.
We have discussed more about it at
Health risks of being Overweight or Obese ( High BMI).

What are the reasons of being overweight or obese or High BMI?
The Primary reasons of being overweight or obese (high BMI) are Sedentary life style (Physical inactivity) and high dense calorie food.
There are other reasons as well which are discussed at Causes of high BMI.
• Physical inactivity is the 4th leading risk factor for global death, after high blood pressure. Smoking and high blood glucose,
            and levels of physical inactivity are rising in many countries.
• In 2008 - Around 3.2 million deaths per year are due to physical inactivity.
• Over 670 000 premature deaths (people aged under 60 years).
• Physical inactivity is estimated as being a cause of breast and colon cancer, 27% of diabetes and 30% of ischaemic heart

CBS News,
2012 - 5.3 million deaths tied to physical inactivity. Smoking, meanwhile, is responsible for about 5 million deaths worldwide.
WHO (World Health Organization) -
According to WHO (world health organization) - Obesity (next step of overweight if not controlled) can cause mortality, double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis (type of bone disease), lipid disorders (leads to heart disease and stroke), depression and anxiety.
According to WHO - 60 to 85% of people in the world from both developed and developing countries are leading sedentary lifestyles, making it one of the most serious yet insufficiently addressed public health problems of our time.
It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of children are also insufficiently active, with serious implications for their future health.
In the following subsections you will get all information about BMI (Body Mass Index) and how it affects your health, causes of high BMI (overweight or obese), various explanations of health risks related  to high BMI and how to prevent them and importantly how to replace high dense calorie food to low calorie food with various alternatives.
This will help you to overcome health risks and lead a happier and healthier life in near future.
What is Body Mass Index - BMI
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height, and applies to most adult men and women aged 20 and over.
In other words - The body mass index, or BMI, is a metric used to estimate the amount of body fat a person has.

BMI is a good gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. It provides an estimate of total body fat and your risk of developing weight-related diseases.

Your Body Mass Index is important when assessing how much fat you have and how much fat you need to lose. If your BMI is over the healthy range (18.5-24.9), it means that you are probably carrying extra fat and your health could be at greater risk.

The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and certain cancers.

High BMI means you are Overweight or Obese and medical researchers warn that these are not just cosmetic but also serious health diseases.

Healthcare professionals around the world often use Body Mass Index (BMI) when determining whether you are underweight, healthy weight, overweight or clinically obese.
According to WHO (World Health Organization) and US Dept of health and human services, BMI calculation is same for adults (For adults 20 years old and older) of both sexes.
Knowing BMI value is important to every person because the chances of having a longer and healthier life will be better if you have a
healthy BMI.

The higher the BMI the higher your risk for certain diseases such as arthritis (bone diseases), breathing difficulties, diabetes,
gallbladder disease, heart disease, high blood pressure and many more.

By knowing your current BMI you will come to know your current health status and if you have higher BMI then you can start working on
it and bring to normal range so that your health will be risk free and your future will be disease free.
If you really want to live a healthy and happier life and
want to have a good time with your friends and family
then you should live disease free life. If you find that
your BMI is at higher level (greater then 25) then you
can reduce it to normal level and live a healthy and a
good life, rather going through diseases and living a
painful life.

Taking into consideration our current sedentary life
style (no physical activity), we are highly prone to high
BMI appealing various diseases. And on top of this junk
food is enhancing our problems.

Numerous research studies all over the world related
to BMI have shown that high BMI leads to an increased
risk of developing various diseases as well as premature
Body Mass Index (BMI) has some limitations - please visit this page to know more about it .
Makes you financial stable
BMI saves lot of money, because it is one of the easiest and freely available . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,USA) reports that there are five other methods for measuring body fat, but they are expensive , require highly trained professionals and are not always readily available.
The CDC identifies these methods as biolelectrical impedance, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, isotope dilution, skinfold thickness with calipers and underwater weighing.

On the other part if you take into account your monetary position, it saves lot of money by preventing lot of diseases occurring in future, If you find your BMI in early stage and reduce it to normal weight but if you overlook it then it would make you utilize all your funds and savings in treating various diseases in future stage.
After going through some introduction about BMI, now let’s see how to find your Body Mass index using formula.

As per WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines, BMI provides the most useful population-level measure of overweight and obesity and it is same for both sexes and for all ages of adults.

BMI Formula
Calculation of Body mass index (BMI) is very straightforward. Calculating body mass index requires only two measurements - Height & Weight.

There are two ways for calculating BMI - Metric and Imperial

Let's see the Metric option -
Divide your weight in kilograms by height in meters squared.
BMI (kg/m2) = weight in kilograms / height in meters x meters
For example:
• Weight 90 kilograms
• Height 1.9 meters =
• Squaring of Height = (1.9)2 = 3.8
• 90 divided by 3.8 =  23.68
So your BMI is 23.68

Now let’s see the Imperial Option -
Your weight in pounds, multiplied by 703, divided by the square of their height in inches.
BMI = (weight in pounds x 703) / height in inches x inches

For example:
• Weight 190 lbs
•Height 72 inches (6 feet)
• Squaring of Height = (72)2 = 5,184
• 190 multiplied by 703 divided by 5,184 = 25.76
So your BMI is 25.76
Using BMI Calculator - Find your Body Mass Index (BMI)
According to WHO (World Health Organization) and US Dept of health and human services, BMI calculation is same for adults (For adults 20 years old and older) of both sexes.
Use Body mass index (BMI) calculator to find whether you are underweight, Healthy weight, Overweight or Obese.

There are two calculation options -
- Metric option (Enter weight in kilograms and height in meters) and
- Imperial Option (Enter weight in pounds and height in inches)
Body Mass Index Finder
Weight: kgs.   OR   lbs.
Height: Ft.  In.  OR    Centimeters.
Body Mass Index:  
Some exceptions to the BMI calculator
Your BMI Score Weight Status
Below 18.5
18.5 -24.9 Normal weight
25.0 -29.9 Overweight
30.0 and above Obesity
As per World Health Organization (WHO) standards  -  For more information visit at  WHO
BMI score and its meaning
Conclusion is BMI is very important tool for all of us. Find out your BMI score at earlier stage and if you are into overweight or obese range then start working on it and reduce your weight and live healthier and happier life.
A small weight reduction of just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight will provide measurable benefits that include
improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugars. In addition to improved physical health, physical
mobility, general mood and self-confidence will also get improved - CDC,USA (Centers for Disease Control and
Interpretation of your BMI score
Underweight    Normal Weight     Overweight      Obese         Morbidly Obese
The International BMI Classification as per WHO (World Health Organization) regulations are :
- a BMI greater than or equal to 25 is Overweight
- a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is Obesity.

BMI less than 18.5 is underweight.
BMI between 18.5 and 25 is Normal weight.
BMI between 25 and 30 is Overweight.
BMI between 30 and 40 is Obese.
BMI over 40 is very obese, Morbidly Obese
What should be your Normal weight or Healthy weight?
One of the most common questions we receive in our email inbox is "how much should I weigh for my height?"
Please visit this table to calculate your ideal weight through height and weight chart.
• Do you know reasons for High BMI (Overweight or Obese)?
• Health risks and diseases if you are into high BMI range
• Are you healthy (normal) weight? Check out its benefits
• How to reduce high BMI and live disease free and healthy life?
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