BMI Calculator

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Basal Metabolic Calculator
Weight:  lbs
Height:  feet  inches
Your Body Mass Index:

The Basal Metabolic (BMI) Calculator is calculated by comparing your weight in relation to your height. The results will tell you if you're at the right weight for your height or if you need to lose weight. The Body Mass Index, referred to as the BMI scale, is only an estimated percentage of body fat, based on a comparison of an individual's weight and height. The National Institute of Health states that a healthy BMI falls in the range of 18.5% to 24.9%. Men with a BMI above 27.8% and women with a BMI over 27.3% are considered overweight, or possibly obese. Men with a BMI less than 20.7% and women with a BMI below 19.1% are considered underweight.

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So if you're calculating your BMI, please keep in mind that the higher percentages may apply to people with a great deal of muscle mass and a low percentage of body fat. On the other hand, your BMI may be underestimated if you're an older individual or carry less muscle mass. BMI is a simplistic way of measuring body fat - it takes the place of more advanced instruments known as body fat calipers. These devices actually measured skin folds (or fat folds) so there was little room for error.

To discover your BMI, simply enter your weight in pounds and your height in feet and inches.

Result: X
What your results mean:

{If X < 18.5}

Unhealthy - Your weight might be considered a little low for your height.

{If X = 18.5 -24.9}

Normal- Good job! Your weight falls within a healthy range for your height. Stay healthy and maintain your weight.

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{If X = 25-29.9}

Overweight - You weight is slightly over the range it should be for your height. Following a balanced diet and exercising regularly can help you lose the weight.

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{If X > 30}

Obese - Your BMI value is quite high, which puts you at a greater risk for heart diseases, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. See your doctor to help create a healthy weight loss and a potential treatment plan if you have any early onset symptoms.

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