How To Properly Check Your BMI

pregnancy-healthy-foodBeing a normal weight for your height is one of the best things you can do for both your general health and your fertility. With bodies that come in different shapes and sizes, it can be difficult to know exactly how much you should weigh in order to be considered healthy. BMI, or body mass index, is one way of evaluating your weight. This metric applies to both men and women and is used by health professionals in order to determine if a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. While there are a number of online calculators that can assist with determining this information, knowing how to calculate your BMI manually can help you stay focused on your health and fitness goals.

Checking Your BMI

As it was developed, BMI calculates a person’s body mass index based upon metric measurements. If you know this information – your weight in kilograms and your height in centimeters, the calculation is simple:

  • Divide your weight in kilograms over your height in meters squared

For a person who weighs 57 kilograms and is 1.3 meters tall the calculation may be done as:

  • 57 / (1.3 * 1.3) = BMI 33.7

This simple calculation provides your body mass index. Many Americans use pounds and inches in order to do their measurements. For these individuals, the calculation requires a few extra steps to convert height into meters and weight into kilometers. This can be done by multiplying your height in inches by 0.0254 and dividing your weight in pounds by 2.2.

BMI Scale

Generally speaking, BMI is evaluated against the following scale:

  • A BMI of less than 18 is considered underweight
  • A BMI between 18 and 25 is considered normal weight
  • A BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight
  • A BMI over 30 is considered obese

Individuals who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk for developing many health issues including fertility problems. Making efforts towards getting to a healthy weight for your height include eating healthy, well-balanced meals and exercising regularly. If you are overweight or obese, speak with your doctors about things you can do to get to a healthy weight.

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