BMI: Body Mass Index


The term BMI is often used when discussing the obesity epidemic, but what is BMI?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a number that shows body weight adjusted for height. BMI can be calculated with simple math using inches and pounds, or meters and kilograms. For adults aged 20 years or older, BMI falls into one of these categories: underweight, normal, overweight, or obese.

Note: BMI for Children and Teens based on gender and age specific charts.

BMI for Adults

  • What is BMI?
    How to determine BMI for adults and how it relates to health.
  • BMI Formula
  • BMI Calculator
  • What Does This All Mean?
    You have calculated your BMI ÷ now what? This page helps you look at your BMI and find out what it may mean.

BMI for Children and Teens
Important information on determining weight status for children and teens (2 ö 20 years) and how BMI is interpreted differently than in adults.

Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to your questions here.

The Food Guide Pyramid…Your Guide to Food Variety

From A to Z–apricots to zucchini, adzuki beans to ziti–every food fits into the Food Guide Pyramid!

The Pyramid is meant for all healthy people from age two on up. It offers practical advice to enjoy the diverse array of foods available in today’s marketplace.

With its five food groups, the Pyramid has many kinds of foods that promote health. Chosen carefully, all foods can be part of your healthful eating style.

Follow the Pyramid’s advice. You’ll consume the nutrients and energy you need…without too many calories, or too much fat, cholesterol, or sugars.

Enjoy different foods within each food group. Even similar foods differ in their nutrition content. That’s another reason for making food variety part of your eating style!

Enjoy your favorite foods and your favorite places to eat. After all, no foods or meals are “good” or “bad.” The foods you choose for the whole day, even several days, are what counts.

Eat at least the lowest number of servings recommended for each food group daily. And enjoy just a bit from the Pyramid tip.

For more information on how you can fit the Food Guide Pyramid into your daily eating plan.

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