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Check your BMI ​


BMI or the Body mass index is a value derived by dividing your body weight(kg) by the square of your height(m). BMI tells whether you have proper body weight for height.

According to the WHO Asian cutoff values, this is what your BMI says

 Below 18.5 kgm ‾²  – underweight
18.5-22.9 kgm ‾² -normal
23-24.9 kgm‾² – overweight
Above 25 kgm‾² – obese


You can obtain an approximate idea of your health through this. You should try to maintain the BMI in the normal range. Being in the obese category puts you at the risk of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, sleep apnea, etc. Higher BMI means you are having higher body fat than what you should have.

But BMI is not always a very good measure of your health status. Your weight may not always come from the weight of your body fat. For example; if you are an athlete, a considerable portion of your body weight will be from your muscles. In such a situation it is wrong to categorize you as obese even if your BMI goes high. 

There are other methods through which you can measure your body fat accurately. But BMI is roughly helpful to explain your health if you are a normal adult.


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Your BMI is......

less than 18.5:Underweight
18.5 - 24.9:Normal weight
25 - 29.9:Overweight
30 - 34.9:Class I Obese
35 - 39.9:Class II Obese
40 upwards:Class III Obese