BMI or Body Mass Index is one of the most common things that everyone should be aware of but unfortunately, a few people bother to keep a check on it, especially here in India.
Though it is not the direct measure of excess body fat because the calculation for BMI doesn’t see between weight that comes from fat and weight that comes from muscle or bone but still it is believed to be a fair precise indication of whether or not you’re at an usual, healthy body weight.
BMI figures out the body weight relative to height. It can be calculated by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches, squared, and then multiplying the result by a conversion factor of 703. BMI can also be calculated online through various websites and apps such as BMI Calculator
Ideal BMI falls anywhere in the range of 18.5 to 24.9
A BMI score below 18.5 is believed underweight,
BMI ranging above 25 qualifies to be overweight.
At its core, BMI is a mathematical relationship between weight and height, and what’s believed healthy under BMI guidelines is wide-ranging. Because the BMI formula assumes that weight increases at a certain rate as height increases, shorter people have smaller body weight ranges for usual BMI — and other BMI categories — than do taller people.
Although having a healthy BMI doesn’t mean you’re healthy, someone with healthy BMI has, on average, a lower risk of developing certain diseases than someone with a higher BMI. Better health is strongly connected with having healthy BMI, according to a 2006 study published in the International Journal of Obesity. The large study compared the BMI ranges of about 11,400 healthy men and women. The study found that healthy men and women — are far less likely to have a BMI that qualifies them as overweight.