What is BMI?

What is BMI?

BMI (Body Mass Index), is a term determined by the World Health Organisation in 1997. The purpose is to set a scale defining whether an individual is over or under his or her ideal body weight. This calculation method became popular long after its invention by Belgian mathematician, Adolph Quetelet.

What is your BMI telling?

The different levels of BMI help to evaluate your corpulence of a set scale. The five principal levels are:

  • Malnutrition and undernutrition
  • Leanness
  • Normal index
  • Overweight
  • Obesity (divided in 3 levels)

The BMI takes into consideration your size and weight and is aimed at adults between 18 and 65 years old. Hence, BMI calculations are not applicable for: Children, pregnant women, athletes and seniors. For example, professional athletes’ BMI will be incorrect as their muscle mass differs from most people. They do not fill the requirements for this test.

BMI in Philippines

According to the data compiled by the Asia Roundtable on Good Innovation for Improved Nutrition, 5.1 % of the Philippines population suffers from obesity and 23.6% is overweight. Even if these remain among the lowest rates in Asia, these numbers represent around 18 million Filipinos.

The rise of obesity in Philippines is costing $500 million to $1 billion yearly, representing between 4-8% percent of the local healthcare expenses. In fact, obesity often entails complications such as non-communicable diseases like cancers, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Hence, a proper knowledge of the BMI may help to avoid these types of issues.

How does your body weight affect your health?

Using the BMI is a proper way to find answers to your questions. It will give you an indication of how your body weight is impacting on your health. Our body mass index calculator uses your size and weight as data. But first, you should know what is a ‘’body mass index’’.

Health is above everything else. So, it is important for you to be familiar with the body mass index standard. This index will help you to evaluate your health state and to take actions regarding the problems you may have. Are you too fat or too thin? The calculator will give you the right answer. The body mass index will show if your weight is appropriate for your health.

The BMI index will also indicate your ideal body weight which you should aim for to be in good health and to feel good in your skin.

The index is as follows:
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater