• July 3, 2018

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body Mass Index (BMI)

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The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a fairly reliable method to estimate the healthy range of weight that a person should have. It has been used as a nutritional indicator since the early 1980s and is one of the most practical and simple ways to assess the degree of risk associated with overweight and obesity.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the calculation of the Body Mass Index BMI, which is also known as the Quetelet Index, and is based on relating weight (kilograms or pounds) with respect to height (meters or inches) of the person, to obtain a value that represents the amount of kilograms or pounds per square meters or inches of body surface. If the value is equal to or greater than 30, it is then considered as obesity.

For example, if a person weighs 198.4 pounds and measures 66.9 inches tall, the operation will be: (198.4 pounds x 703) ÷ (66.9 inches x 66.9 inches)= 31.02 which is interpreted as Obesity Grade I, which implies an important risk for the health of said person.

And to calculate the result in kilograms, the exercise would be: BMI = his weight in kilograms ÷ (his height in meters x his height in meters).

Another way to calculate obesity is through the measurement of the abdominal waist perimeter which men should not be greater than or equal to 102 cm (≤ to 40 in) and in women greater than or equal to 88 cm (≤ 35 in). This is an indirect measurement of the presence of intra-abdominal or visceral fat (internal organs such as liver, heart, arteries, etc.). This central obesity is closely related to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus, among others.