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How to Figure Out Your BMI

How to Figure Out Your BMI

Our body-mass index (BMI) shows the amount of fat we carry, and is actually a more reliable tool for assessing our weight than those weight-and-height charts. Use this easy online calculator to find your BMI. Then check your results to see if you are underweight, normal, overweight, or obese.

Go to the online calculator at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

If your BMI isn’t where you want it to be, consider the benefits of walking. For information and ideas, go to Walking: Better For You Than You Think! and see the great book, SuperFoods HealthStyle.

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9:35AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Thank you

4:00AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

The BMI was not meant to tell you if you are healthy or not! BMI does not actually measure the percentage of body fat. It was devised between 1830 and 1850 by the Belgian polymath Adolphe Quetelet during the course of developing "social physics".

5:52AM PDT on May 30, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:18PM PST on Nov 16, 2010

Thanks. Very useful. I saved the article.

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10:14AM PST on Feb 20, 2010

This is just the standard weight - height measurement. It probably works for most people but a muscular person would read as overweight. I like the fat calipers for a more accurate measurement of body fat.

11:22PM PST on Feb 8, 2010

Thank you for the information. I will definately check it out!

9:36PM PST on Feb 7, 2010


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