BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is used to check whether we have a healthy weight according to our height. BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms with his height in meters squared. A BMI of 18.49 or below indicates that the person is underweight. 18.5 to 24.99 is considered as normal weight, 25 to 29.99 overweight and a BMI of 30 or more is considered as obese. Thus, BMI helps doctors to categorize our overall health.
However, some experts think that this method is not accurate. This is because BMI doesn’t distinguish between fat and muscle mass. So for example, if a person has more well-defined muscle mass and less fat levels, BMI will categorize him as obese. Also, a person having less muscle mass and more amount of harmful visceral fat maybe considered healthy by BMI. Lastly, BMI doesn’t even take into account an individual’s age, gender, etc.
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