Body Mass Index (BMI)

Know your ideal body weight

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What is BMI?

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight in adults. It helps determine if you are underweight, at a healthy weight or overweight.

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If you have a high BMI, it increases your risk of developing metabolic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and heart disease.

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How to calculate BMI

BMI can be calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of his/her height in meters. BMI = kg/m2

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BMI values

A BMI less than 18.5 means a person is underweight, between 18.5-24.9 means is at a healthy weight, 25.0-29.9 means is overweight. BMI over 30 indicates obesity.

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Ill-effects of High BMI

High BMI is a sign of too much body fat. Being overweight puts you at risk for many serious health conditions.

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Ill-effects of Low BMI

Being underweight is linked to health risks including low immunity, anemia, fatigue, high risk of osteoporosis etc.

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Maintaining healthy BMI

A healthy BMI helps you lead a healthy life. Staying within a healthy weight range helps you feel good and motivates you to stay fit.

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Tips to Maintain BMI

Eat a well-balanced healthy diet, stay active and exercise regularly, stay hydrated, keep stress low and sleep well to achieve a healthy BMI.

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Non-modifiable factors

Factors like age, gender and genetics are out of one's control. Unhealthy BMI due to these factors needs medical attention.

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BMI is a useful tool but it fails to cover a few factors that affects body weight like activity levels, body compositions or age. Talk to your doctor to understand your BMI perfectly.

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