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About the Body Mass Index (BMI)

The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and then categorise that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value.

BMI provides a simple numeric measure of a person's thickness or thinness, allowing health professionals to discuss weight problems more objectively with their patients. BMI was designed to be used as a simple means of classifying average sedentary (physically inactive) populations, with an average body composition.

The Body Mass Index Calculator

The WHO BMI Table

According to the National Health and Medical Research Council, a healthy BMI is between 20-25 for most adults. See the bar chart above.

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