Your BMI or Body Mass Index is a measurement of body fat based on your height and weight. This health calculation applies to both men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 years.
BMI can be used to indicate if you are overweight, obese, underweight or normal. A healthy BMI score is between 20 and 25. A score below 20 indicates that you may be underweight; a value above 25 indicates that you may be overweight.
You can calculate your BMI by using the BMI Calculator and comparing your results with the BMI Chart.
The BMI Chart
What does the Body Mass Index Chart say about you?
Your BMI is a useful tool to estimate a healthy body weight based on your height. However, due to the wide variety of body types, the distribution of muscle and bone mass, etc., it is not appropriate to use this as the only or final indication for diagnosis. This also implies that your BMI does not actually “measure” your percentage of body fat.
Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, the BMI index is the most widely used diagnostic indicator to identify a person’s optimal weight depending on their height. Your BMI “number” will inform you if you are underweight, of normal weight, overweight, or obese.