The body mass index

The Body Mass Index (BMI) was formulated by Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quételet, a Belgian scientist, astronomer, mathematician, and one of the founders of modern statistics. In some circles, the BMI is also known as the Quételet index.

By calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) you will be able to estimate your ideal weight. The index will tell you whether or not you need to lose weight, and by how much. This method is one of the popular ways for determining an appropriate fitness regimen and is often used by many doctors and health professionals. While the BMI is an important tool for weight loss, it is by no means comprehensive or definitive.
The BMI does not take into account muscle mass or fat distribution, making it most useful to those aged 18 to 65 years old. The method is normally not used on pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with serious medical conditions, athletes, and children. Additionally, for people aged 65 years old and above, the recommended healthy weight range is slightly higher than the values listed below.

The BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms and dividing it by your height in meters squared: BMI = [weight (kg) / height (m²)].

  Weight Classifications BMI = kg/m² Health Risks
 Underweight < 18.5  Risk of malnutrition
 Normal 18.5 - 25  Normal
 Overweight 25 - 29.99  Moderately increased risk
 Obese 30 and above  Increased risk


Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen
is the founder of The Parisian Diet, which is about the pleasure of eating and being able to eat all types of food.

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