Body Mass Index (BMI) is indicator of your overall health. BMI is a person’s weight in Kg (or pounds) divided by the square of height(meters or feet). High BMI indicates increased body fatness.
Body Mass Index (BMI) results can be divided in 3 ranges :
Underweight: A person with BMI (Body Mass Index) value less than 18.5 is considered underweight. These people y may be at risk for nutrient deficiencies and other health problems. They can be termed as having malnutrition.
Normal weight: People with BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered in healthy range. People having BMI in this range are at a lower risk for weight-related health issues and can be broadly termed as healthy in terms of fat mass and muscle mass.
Overweight: People with BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered as overweight. People having BMI in this range are at an increased risk for weight-related health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Obese: having a BMI of 30 or higher is considered in obese category. People in this range of BMI are at a very high risk for weight-related health problems and are having a very high risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.
It’s important to note that BMI (Body Mass Index) is just an primary indicator to measure of health, as it doesn’t take into account muscle mass, body composition, and distribution of body fat. Additionally, certain people like athletes and pregnant women might have a different interpretation of the ranges.