What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a standard health assessment tool used in most medical centers which estimates body fat based on height and weight. BMI does not directly measure body fat, but uses an equation to approximate it and can help determine whether a person's weight is underweight, healthy, overweight, or obese, aiding in identifying potential health issues.
A high BMI may indicate excessive body fat, while a low BMI may suggest very little body fat. Higher BMI values are associated with an increased risk of serious conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Conversely, very low BMI can lead to health problems, including bone loss, reduced immunity, and anemia.
You can calculate your BMI by entering your height and weight in the boxes below. Adults aged 20 and above can interpret their BMI using the provided standards. If your BMI is less than 18.5, it indicates underweight; between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal; between 25 and 29.9 indicates overweight, and if it's 30 or higher, it indicates obesity.