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.

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