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Health Briefs

Calculate your BMI

Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet (1796-1874), Belgian scientist, astronomer, mathematician and one of the founders of modern statistics. This Index is used to estimate the risk to the health of a person in relation to body size.
The Formula
Mass (weight in kg) / Height2 (in meters) = BMI
Ex.: A person of 65 kg measuring 1.67 m
Calculate your height squared: 1.67 x 1.67 = 2.79
Apply Formula : 65 ÷ 2.79 = 23,30 = Healthy Weight
The Interpretation

 BMI

 Interpretation

 16.5 and less

Malnutrition or anorexia

 16.5 to 18.5

 Underweight

 18.5 to 25

 Healthy Weight

 25 to 30

 Overweight

 30 to 35

 Moderate Obesity (Class 1)

 35 to 40

 Severe Obesity (Class 2)

 over 40

 Morbid Obesity (Class 3)

It should be noted that this is an index and that it does not take into account other factors such as muscle mass. We must remain cautious about its interpretation. It is appropriate to consult a physician or registered dietitian before beginning any exercise program or diet. He will take all proper steps to validate your personal BMI.

Calculate your BMI