What is your BMI and why does it
matter?

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Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. BMI is a good indicator of your risk for diseases that can occur when you have extra body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, breathing problems, and certain cancers. A healthy BMI for most men and women is between 18.5-24.9.

Find out your body mass index by using a BMI calculator.

Although BMI can be used as a standard to measure against, it does have some limitations:

  • It may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build.
  • It may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle.
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