*How To Figure Your BMI*
By: Studentnurse
29 May 2004

BMI, we have all heard of it either in class or at the mall. BMI describes relative weight for height. The definition is an index of a person's weight in relation to height , determined by dividing the weight in kilograms by the square of the height in meters. Some insurance companies require the BMI , school activities , etc. Keep in mind that BMI reflects height and weight measures and not body composition. Consequently , a bodybuilder may be overweight but not overfat.

BMI = weight(KG) / height (m) 2

To convert pounds to kilograms - 2.2 lb /kg =kg

To convert inches to meters - 39.37 in/m = m


Do the basic math and you should have your BMI figured.

If you are 6'1' - 144(women) 189(men) is what your BMI should be.

Contact your local health dept. for an up to date BMI chart or your Family physician. Hope this helps so next time when you here What's a BMI -- You have the knowledge.

Reference: Understanding Nutriton - Whitney & Rolfes


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