Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body mass index, or BMI, is a new term to most people. However, it is the measurement of choice for many physicians and researchers studying obesity. BMI uses a mathematical formula that takes into account both a person's height and weight. BMI equals a person's weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. (BMI=kg/m2).
The table below has already done the math and metric conversions. To use the table, find the appropriate height in the left-hand column. Move across the row to the given weight. The number at the top of the column is the BMI for that height and weight.
Body weight in pounds according to height and body mass index.
Below is a table identifying the risk of associated disease according to BMI and waist size.
Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the Partnership for Healthy Weight Management, www.consumer.gov)
Last Editorial Review: 5/8/2007
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