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Body Mass Index (BMI)

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

    What is Body Mass Index?

    Body mass index (BMI) is a statistical measure of body weight based on a person's weight and height. Though it does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, it is used to estimate a healthy body weight based on a person's height.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

    What is it used for?

    BMI is used to identify weight problems within a population, usually whether individuals are underweight, overweight or obese.  BMI is frequently used to assess how much an individual's body weight departs from what is normal or desirable for a person of his or her height. The excess weight or deficiency may, in part, be accounted for by body fat although other factors such as muscularity also affect BMI.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

    BMI Classification Chart

    ClassificationAsiansRisk of co-morbidities
    Underweight< 18.5Low
    Normal range18.5 - 22.9Average
    Overweight> 23Increased*
    Obese I> 25Moderate**
    Obese II> 30Severe***

    As per MOS-India Guidelines *, **, *** degree of risk of co-morbidities.

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