If your BMI is below 20:
This indicates a lean BMI, which
means you have a low amount of body fat. If you are an athlete, this can
be desirable. If you are not an athlete, a lean BMI can indicate that your
weight may be too low which may lower your immunity. If your BMI and body
weight are low, you should consider gaining weight through good diet and
exercise habits, to increase your muscle mass.
If your BMI is between 20 and 22:
This indicates the ideal,
healthy amount of body fat, which is associated with living longest, and
the lowest incidence of serious illness. Coincidentally, it seems this
ratio is what many individuals perceive to be the most aesthetically
If your BMI is between 22 and 25:
This is still considered an
acceptable range, and is associated with good health.
If your BMI is between 25 and 30:
You are considered “Hefty” and should finds ways to lower your weight, through diet and exercise. You are at increased risk for a variety of illnesses at your present weight. You should lose weight by changing your diet and exercising more.
If your BMI is over 30:
This indicates an unhealthy condition, your excess “Prosperity” is putting you at risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, gall bladder disease and some cancers. You should lose weight by changing your diet and exercising more.
Your BMI Body Mass Index is an objective scientific measure, that uses your height and
weight. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by
the square of your height in meters. In other words the algebraic
expression for BMI is: BMI = Kg / (m)2
The BMI calculator above used English pounds and inches with this formula to calculate your BMI.
BMI = (weight in pounds * 703) / (height in inches * height in inches)
One variable BMI fails to consider is lean body mass. It is possible
for a healthy, muscular individual with very low body fat to be classified
obese using the BMI formula. If you are a
trained athlete, your weight based on your measured percent body fat would
be a better indicator of what you should weigh.