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Body Mass Index BMI
The Facts on Body Mass Index (BMI)
The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a ratio based on your height and your weight. It provides a ‘reasonable approximation of adiposity (fatness)’ in a person. BMI is the most common measure used to ‘define’ healthy weight ranges and obesity.
As BMI increases the predisposition or “risk” of developing chronic health conditions also increases. Research shows that there is a steady increase in risk of the various diseases (co-morbidities) as weight increases. These diseases include but are not limited to; diabetes, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, PCOS, high blood pressure, cancer, depression, infertility, osteoarthritis and sleep apnoea etc
Table 1. Body Mass Index (BMI):
Risk of Co-morbidities
Less than 18.5
(but risk of other clinical problems is increased)
18.5 – 24.9
25 – 29.9
Greater than 30
35 – 39.99
Greater than 40