Quick View BMI Table
How to use this BMI table: Find your height in inches or centimeters. Then go across the row to your weight. The top column will indicate your body mass index.
Your body mass index number does not give a definitive determination of a healthy weight. The numbers as shown in the table reflect your weight in relationship to your height. The formula used to calculate body mass index is available here.
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Why The BMI Is Only To Be Used As A Guide
There are issues with relying only on BMI. Other factors determine a healthy weight…
- Excessive fat tissue as noted with a pinch test may not be reflected in the table. An inactive woman, even with normal values, would have less muscle mass and more fat tissue. The BMI table cannot make this assessment; it requires your human judgement.
- Superior nutrition as outlined in an easy healthy diet is required for you to achieve a healthy weight and maintain health. Without this consideration, your BMI could give you a false representation of your current eating habits―most of us could stand to eat a little better. To stay within normal range for the long-term, you will need to eat right.
- Your overall health is also a consideration in evaluating your table value. If you were sick, experience sudden weight loss or gain, you would need to eat healthy foods, regain your health and then reassess your BMI.
- Your fitness level is a factor in your overall health. Therefore, you need to evaluate your BMI with this in mind. What this means is that even if you fall within normal ranges and you are unfit, you cannot consider you are as healthy as you could be. In this case your muscle mass would be very lower because unused muscles lose their mass. With less weight coming from muscles, this means you are still carrying more fat tissue than is ideal. You can find out how to get fit and improve your muscle strength and tone.
- The table does not consider pre-existing health conditions like Type II Diabetes or Heart Disease. These conditions must still be addressed regardless of the number reflected in the table.
- The BMI table also cannot determine your bone density or structure. Taller women usually also have a larger bone structure. Meaning the size of their bones is larger and so would make up a greater amount of mass of the body than a smaller woman. You can get a good idea of your bone structure by looking at the size of your wrists. My wrists are small and so I know I won’t be able to excuse a high body mass index number to the size of my bones.
To clarify, your body mass index number is a tool used with a combination of other considerations to determine a healthy weight. Certainly, your health care provider will be the best person to help you evaluate your number and plan a suitable course of action.
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