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Calculators - Body Mass Index

Calculators - Body Mass Index

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This provides a correct height for weight index.  This particular measure is used by the US government (NIH) to generate obesity statistics.  It has been modified here to provide some guidance for running weights.  To use just fill in the two top values and click the BMI button.  Your Body Mass Index and some guidance will appear below the buttons.  Entering information is easy but a little different from other systems.

Weight: s-stone, {l,p,lbs}-pounds,k-kgs,g-grams; eg 145lbs (default lbs)

Height: f-feet,i-inches,m-metres,c-centimetres; eg 5f6i (default inches)

Weight:   Height:

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The BMI is one of the standard correct weight for height measures. It takes a person's weight in kilograms and divides it by their height in meters squared. The higher the figure the more overweight you are.  Recently(mid 1998) in the US a group of experts under auspices of the NIH re-defined overweight and obese using the BMI. A BMI between 19 and 25 is healthy, 25 or over would be overweight, whilst over 30 would be obese. This brought the USA in line with the World Health Organisation recommendations. By this standard some 59% of Americans are overweight (cf 40% of Australians) . Like any of these types of measures it is only an indication and other issues such as body type and shape have a bearing as well. The best measure for determining body fat is a bio-impedance test.   Top class runners are on the okay/underweight  borderline.  RunCoach will classify you as being in racing shape if your BMI is between 19 and 21.

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