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# Body Mass Index (BMI)

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## Calculating BMI

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 BMI of an individual is calculated by dividing the body weight by the square of the height.
To calculate the BMI of an individual, the body weight is divided by the square of the height. The formulae universally used to measure BMI are tabled below- The following BMI values approximately indicates the physical body type of the person.
Less than 17.5 - Indicates a condition like anorexia

17.5 to 18.5 - Underweight

18.5 to 24.9 - Ideal weight

25 to 29.9 – Overweight

30 to 34.9 – Obese

35 to 39.9 - Severely obese

Greater than or equal to 40 - Morbidly obese

In day- to- day practise, BMI maybe used as a simple tool to identify individuals who have an average body composition and who lead a sedentary lifestyle. For example an adult who puts on five kilograms in 6 months, shows an increase in the BMI – indicating that he or she requires regular exercises and diet control.

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 Posted by:  fabre(Guest)  Posted on: 09/06/2012 i am 5'10". my weight is 56 kg. i am 24 years old.I am athletic, plays football.but everyone is complaining that i am so thin. IS there any issue with this?
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