**Body Mass Index (BMI)** is a numerical value of your weight in relation to your height. It’s a useful tool to categorize individuals into different weight categories, which can help in assessing whether you are underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

### BMI Formula

The formula to calculate BMI is:BMI=Weight (kg)Height (m)2\text{BMI} = \frac{\text{Weight (kg)}}{\text{Height (m)}^2}BMI=Height (m)2Weight (kg)

Where:

**Weight**is measured in kilograms (kg).**Height**is measured in meters (m).

### How to Calculate BMI Step-by-Step

**Convert Height to Meters (if needed):**- If your height is in centimeters, divide the number by 100 to convert it to meters.
- Example: If your height is 170 cm, convert it to meters: Height (m)=170100=1.7 m\text{Height (m)} = \frac{170}{100} = 1.7 \, \text{m}Height (m)=100170=1.7m

**Square Your Height:**- Multiply your height in meters by itself.
- Example: Height (m)2=1.7×1.7=2.89 m2\text{Height (m)}^2 = 1.7 \times 1.7 = 2.89 \, \text{m}^2Height (m)2=1.7×1.7=2.89m2

**Divide Your Weight by the Squared Height:**- Use the weight in kilograms and divide it by the squared height.
- Example: If your weight is 70 kg: BMI=70 kg2.89 m2≈24.22\text{BMI} = \frac{70 \, \text{kg}}{2.89 \, \text{m}^2} \approx 24.22BMI=2.89m270kg≈24.22

### Understanding BMI Categories

Once you’ve calculated your BMI, you can refer to the following categories defined by the World Health Organization (WHO):

**Underweight**: BMI less than 18.5**Normal weight**: BMI between 18.5 and 24.9**Overweight**: BMI between 25 and 29.9**Obesity**: BMI of 30 or more

### Limitations of BMI

While BMI is a useful screening tool, it has some limitations:

**Doesn’t Differentiate Between Fat and Muscle:**- BMI does not account for the difference between muscle mass and fat mass. For example, athletes with high muscle mass may have a high BMI but low body fat.

**Doesn’t Account for Fat Distribution:**- It doesn’t show where fat is distributed on the body, which can be a risk factor (e.g., abdominal fat).

**Varies by Age, Gender, and Ethnicity:**- BMI may not accurately reflect the health status for different age groups, genders, or ethnic backgrounds.

### Example Calculation

Let’s say a person has:

**Weight**: 85 kg**Height**: 1.75 m

Step 1: Square the height:1.75×1.75=3.06 m21.75 \times 1.75 = 3.06 \, \text{m}^21.75×1.75=3.06m2

Step 2: Divide the weight by the squared height:BMI=85 kg3.06 m2≈27.78\text{BMI} = \frac{85 \, \text{kg}}{3.06 \, \text{m}^2} \approx 27.78BMI=3.06m285kg≈27.78

According to the BMI categories, this person would be classified as **Overweight**.

### Practical Use of BMI

BMI can be a useful tool in assessing general health, but it should be considered along with other measurements, such as waist circumference, body fat percentage, and other health indicators.

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