You can calculate your BMI using these three simple steps:
The value you get will put you in one of four BMI categories: underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.
"Overweight" refers to an excess of body weight, but not necessarily body fat. "Obesity," on the other hand, means an excessively high proportion of body fat.
Here are the general BMI scores:
BMI is a reliable indicator of total body fat, which is related to the many health risks. The score you receive is valid for both women and men -- but it does have some limits. For example:
A BMI from 18.5 up to 25 is considered in the healthy range, from 25 up to 30 is overweight, and 30 or higher is obese. Generally, the higher a person's BMI, the greater the risk for health problems, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). However, there are some exceptions. For example, very muscular people (such as body builders) may have a BMI greater than 25 or even 30, but this reflects increased muscle rather than fat.
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