Body mass index (BMI) can help you identify your weight to height ratio. The index is a measure for whether you’re over or under normal weight limits for your height. It however does not measure body fat percentage. There are other tools and measure to calculate body fat. This index differs with age and gender. For example, women are more likely to have a higher percent of body fat than men with the same BMI.
BMI alone is not diagnostic. It is just one of the many factors that can help you identify the risk of developing a weight related diseases (such as heart ailments, high blood pressure or diabetes). Other factors that may be important to look at when assessing a risk for chronic disease include diet, physical activity, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood sugar level, cholesterol level and family history of disease. As a person’s index value increases the risk for many diseases increases as well.
Calculate your BMI
For adults over 20 years of age, your BMI score can be classified as follows:
- Below 18.5 (underweight)
- 18.5-24.9 (normal)
- 25.0-29.9 (Overweight)
- 30.0 and above (obese).
If your results are Overweight or Obese, you can start changing that by regular exercise and maintaining a good diet. Check out our some of our home workout plans. You can also try yoga to help you on your fitness journey.