Body Mass Index (BMI) assesses your body weight relative to your height. The American Dietetic Association uses the following BMI formula: multiply your weight in pounds by 700. Then divide
that number by your height in inches two times.
For example: a person weighs 135 pounds and stands 5’7” tall. 135 pounds x 700 = 94,500. Divide that twice by 67” (5’7”). 94,500/67 = 1,410 divided by 67 again = BMI is 21
BMI was designed to determine how your weight affects the status of your health. Too high of a BMI means that you are more prone to illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. A pear-shaped person, who has excess weight in their hips and thighs, is at a much-decreased risk of many diseases than is an apple-shaped person, who has much of his or her weight in the chest and abdominal area.
What number do you hope to see?
|BMI||WEIGHT||RISK (PEAR)||RISK (APPLE)|
|18.5 – 24.9||Normal||N/A||N/A|
|25 – 29.9||Overweight||Increased||High|
|30 – 34.9||Obese||High||Very High|
|35 – 39.9||Obese||Very High||Very High|