The BMI Chart

BMI stands for Body Mass Index, the relation between body height and body weight (to calculate your BMI please see article “What is overweight or obesity“).

Body Mass Index (BMI)Nutritional Status
Below 18.5Underweight
18.5 – 24.9Normal
25.0 – 29.9Pre-Obesity
30.0 – 34.9Pre-Obesity I
35.0 – 39.9Pre-Obesity II
Above 40Pre-Obesity III

The value of the BMI is not absolute. I only use the BMI as an approximate guideline. For example sports people may have an high BMI even though they are slim and well trained. Because of their high lean muscle mass the BMI index is high. Also I think that the BMI normal range should be increased for people over 60 years of age from 25 to 26.

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