What does “BMI” Mean?

BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a formula that is supposed to provide a better overall health indicator than weight alone. In other words, people of different sizes should way different amounts. The BMI formula addresses this.

Further, there are charts — based on population averages — that report on whether or not a person is overweight or, perhaps even, obese.

The WildFit stance on the BMI system is that it is, like weight in general terms, a useful indicator but not an accurate diagnostic took. People with high muscle mass, for instance, might indicate as overweight or obese even when they are not.

The Mayo Clinic has an easy-to-user BMI Calculator that you can use in both imperial and metric measurements. Simply click here and fill in the boxes.

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