Saturday, 5 May 2012

What is BMI and How is it Calculated?

Many people may hear the term "BMI" frequently banded around their workplace or hear reference to it on the television - but what exactly does the term mean and how is it relevant to an individuals personal health and all round well-being?

     The term BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is essentially a fairly simplistic way for a person to quickly make a rough judgement of whether they may be over or underweight in relation to how tall they are. You can quite easily work out your BMI at home by finding your weight in kilograms and dividing it by your height in metres squared.

     In a rough sense, individuals that have a high BMI score can be considered to be at a greater potential risk with regards to a number of important health issues - although it is important to understand that BMI scores can be unnaturally warped and affected by factors such as an extremely athletic or muscular physique, and those currently pregnant or breastfeeding which can easily scew their BMI scores.