13 August 2008

BMI uses a mathematical formula based on a person's height and weight and gives you an indication of whether you are overweight, underweight or at a healthy weight for your height.Judge your personal BMI result against the following scale:
  • A BMI of less than 18 means you are under weight.
  • A BMI of less than 18.5 indicates you are thin for your height.
  • A BMI between 18.6 and 24.9 indicates you are at a healthy weight.
  • A BMI between 25 and 29.9 suggests you are overweight for your height.
  • A BMI of 30 or greater indicates obesity. If you are obese, try consulting a doctor or losing weight.
Note
  • The BMI is a pretty good indicator for the average person from age 25 to 65.
  • It does not take into account muscle mass or your overall body type
  • Like the weight-to-height table, BMI does not show the difference between excess fat and muscle so the BMI test is not always correct

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