How to calculate BMI
BMI stands for Body mass index that takes a persons weight divided by the square of height. BMI can be a screening tool but is not used to diagnose body fatness or health. BMI is a screening method for different weight categories: underweight, healthy weight, overweight and obese. A healthy BMI range is 18 to 25 for most adults between 18-65. A BMI of 25 or more is considered overweight and under 18 is underweight. If BMI is a health risk your doctor will perform more tests and other assessments to determine your health. People who are body builders, athletes, pregnant, elderly and young children shouldn’t use BMI because it can measure incorrectly. Athletes may have a higher muscle mass and have a high BMI and not be at greater health risk. Pregnancy changes your body’s composition and elderly tend to loose muscle mass and may have lower BMI. BMI is just one tool but there are other tools to measure body fatness but since the other tools usually very expensive or has to be conducted by trained professionals. BMI for children under 20 is used differently. They calculate the BMI as usual and then they compare the percentiles for other children of the same age and sex.
Health risk for underweight:
Women can get irregular periods
Hair, skin and teeth problems
Getting sick more frequently
Risk for osteoporosis
Health risk for overweight and obesity:
low quality of life
High blood pressure
Difficulty with physical movements
Breathing and sleeping problems
Type 2 diabetes
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