What is BMI (Body Mass Index)?

BMI Chart – Photo credit: http://www.diabetes.co.uk

Are you worried that you may be overweight? Or maybe you are concerned with knowing what the ideal weight for your height is. If you are wondering how to determine how much weight you need to lose or gain, you need to find out your BMI.

BMI refers to the body mass index, and is independent of the age of a person and their sex. However, it does not take into consideration the body proportions. BMI is often taken as a marker for the health risks that may come with being overweight, so you should definitely get your BMI checked if you want to be risk free.

BMI is a marker for weight related problems

Though your BMI is not a proper diagnostic tool, it can be a marker for some of the common diseases that may be associated with potential weight related problems related with higher weight in adults. However, what you must remember is that BMI alone does not signify that you are at risk.

Even if you have a higher BMI, there are a number of tests that need to be conducted before concluding that the excess weight is a problem, however, it does mean that you should schedule a visit with your healthcare provider for screening probable problems.

One of the things that you must remember in  this case is that BMI does not account for a number of important factors like age, ethnicity, sex, muscle mass and therefore, it is not the determining factor for being overweight or underweight.

However, it is a good tool for tracking your ideal weight while working out.