BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is a measure of height compared to weight. It is calculated by dividing your weight by your height squared. For example:
A person weighing 70kg and 1.70m tall would have a BMI of: 70kg ÷ 1.70m x 1.70m = 24.22
The BMI categories are as follows:
– Underweight= <18.5
– Normal weight= 18.5-24.9
– Overweight= 25-29.9
– Obese= 30 or over
Whilst BMI is a quick measure of your general health it is not a completely reliable calculation and can actually be very flawed.
For someone who is of short stature, has a solid build with high muscle density and low body fat, their BMI may indicate that they are obese even though they are very healthy. This is common with body builders and/or strength athletes as they tend to be very heavy for their height but still have negligible body fat levels.
Therefore, we recommend you use your Body Fat Percentage as a more reliable guide to assess your health and body composition. This can be measured by using skin calipers and body fat scales. Here at the studio we use both of these tools so please feel free to contact us if you’d like to have yours accurately calculated.
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