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Body Mass Index and Ponder Index

Body mass index (BMI) plays a crucial role in determining the health status of a person. It is an important parameter that lets doctors understand a patient’s profile and to estimate various parameters such as heart profile, cholesterol levels, etc.

Definition and Standards

As the name says, the Body Mass Index is an index of your weight with respect to your height. It is the ratio of your weight to your height squared. BMI gives an overall idea of whether your weight is correct as per your height, or you are overweight/ underweight.

As per the standard, the following values of BMI indicate the person’s weight profile:

BMI
BMI Weight Profile
18.5 and 25 kg/m² Normal Weight
Less than 18.5 kg/m² Underweight
Between 25 kg/m² and 29.9 kg/m² Overweight
30 kg/m² or higher Obese

How to calculate your BMI?

Use our body mass index calculator and calculate your BMI easily. Just enter your height and weight into the fields shown and know the value of your BMI.

It also gives you Ponderal Index (PI) which is another accepted relationship between mass and height.

Ponderal Index= Mass / height3

Why should you care about your BMI?

Living long is one thing. Living long and healthy is another.

What is the relation between BMI and waist circumference?

Waist circumference is the excess fat that is around your hip bone. The greater the fat around the hip, the higher the risk.

In relation with BMI and waist circumference, for a healthy BMI of 25-35 kg/m2, the following figures are considered suitable for different sexes:

  1. Less than 40 inches for male
  2. Less than 35 inches for female

How will you benefit from maintaining a healthy BMI?

You can gift your body multiple benefits by maintaining a healthy BMI.

Don’t focus on losing weight. Focus on eating healthy.

Tips to maintain healthy BMI

So far we have seen what advantages lies ahead for your body if you can keep a healthy BMI. Follow these simple steps given below and enjoy a healthy BMI:

Healthy is not a goal; it is a way of living.

Disclaimer: Our BMI calculator is designed considering the health standards for most people over 18 years. It is designed to give an overall idea of your BMI. This calculator is never meant to be a substitute for professional medical care giver’s advice. This calculator is not recommended for children, pregnant and lactating women.

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