Body Mass Index (BMI) also known as the Quetelet Index is a reliable measure of body fat. BMI is a measurement calculated from a person’s height and weight which is often used as a screening tool to identify potential health problems. Although it’s not as sophisticated as some other body fat tests, research has shown BMI to correlate to other direct measures of body fat including underwater weighing, skinfold thickness measurements, bioelectrical impedance and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). It is also a free and easy-to-perform test which makes it a valuable screening tool for individuals to compare their own results to the general population.
BMI is important because it can be used as a health predictor for overweight and obese individuals. People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for a number of conditions including:
• Type 2 diabetes
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Dyslipidemia (high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
• Heart disease
• Sleep apnea
• Respiratory problems
• Some cancers including endometrial, breast and colon
Have you ever wondered if you are at a healthy weight for your height? You can enter your height and weight on the Advanced Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. This calculation will provide you with two important numbers which allow you to determine the estimated impact of your present body weight and shape on your overall health. This unique BMI system looks at other critical measurements ignored by other systems including waist and hip sizes and waist to hip ratios.
Last updated: 08-Feb-09