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Body Mass Index

Body mass index, table and calculation

Description

The Body Mass Index (BMI) can evaluate your weight. It is calculated from the body weight and body size.

BMI Calculator

Calculate your BMI:

Height in cm (e.g. 160)

Weight in kg (e.g. 60)

Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

Ideal Body Mass Index

The ideal BMI value is between 19 to 24 for women and between 20 to 25 for men (With this BMI values, life expectancy is statistically the highest.) However, the ideal BMI is also depending on age.

Ideal BMI for women

The following table shows the ideal BMI depending on the age for women:

Age Underweight Normal weight Slightly overweight Overweight
16 18 and less 19-24 25-28 29 and more
17 18 and less 19-24 25-28 29 and more
18 18 and less 19-24 25-28 29 and more
19-24 18 and less 19-24 25-28 29 and more
25-34 19 and less 20-25 26-29 30 and more
35-44 20 and less 21-26 27-30 31 and more
45-54 21 and less 22-27 28-31 32 and more
55-64 22 and less 23-28 29-32 33 and more
65-90 23 and less 24-29 30-33 34 and more

Ideal BMI for men

The following table shows the ideal BMI depending on the age for men:

Age Underweight Normal weight Slightly overweight Overweight
16 18 and less 19-24 25-28 29 and more
17 19 and less 20-25 26-29 30 and more
18 19 and less 20-25 26-29 30 and more
19-24 19 and less 20-25 26-29 30 and more
25-34 20 and less 21-26 27-30 31 and more
35-44 21 and less 22-27 28-31 32 and more
45-54 22 and less 23-28 29-32 33 and more
55-64 23 and less 24-29 30-33 34 and more
65-90 24 and less 25-30 31-34 35 and more

Not overstate!

The BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat mass. Sporty and muscular people are therefore misclassified as overweight. The BMI also does not apply to children and teenagers. The BMI can evaluate your weight quickly and easily, but it is not suitable for more.

More information

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 Body Mass Index
 Daily Calorie Intake
 Calorific value

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