Saturday, 5 January 2013

Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index (BMI) is an indirect way of calculating your percentage of body fat. Calculating BMI is easier and less expensive than direct-measurement tests, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BMI is an accurate reflection of the results of direct body-fat measurement.
The BMI formula for adults is: Your weight in pounds divided by yourheight in inches squared, times 703.

So, if you weigh 150 pounds and you’re 5 feet 5 inches tall, your BMI formula looks like this:

150 ÷ 652 × 703 = 24.96

The CDC Web site has BMI calculators for adults, children, and teenagers. You can check them out at dnpa/healthyweight/assessing/ bmi/index.htm.

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