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Dr. Kennedy The BMI or Body Mass Index ia a key index for relating a person's body weight to their height. The body mass index (BMI) is a person's weight in kilograms (kg) (one pound = 0.45 kilos) divided by their height in meters (m) (one meter = 39.37 inches) squared. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) now defines normal weight, overweight, and obesity according to the BMI rather than the traditional height/weight charts. Since the BMI describes the body weight relative to height, it correlates strongly (in adults) with the total body fat content. Overweight is defined as a BMI of 27.3 % or more for women and 27.8 % or more for men, according to the NIH. Obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 and above, according to the NIH. (A BMI of 30 is about 30 pounds overweight.) Note, however, that some very muscular people may have a high BMI without undue health risks.



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