How Much Should I Weigh? – A Guide to BMI

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One of the main tools for determining how much you should weigh, for the average person in an average health and fitness or training situation, is BMI, or body mass index. BMI is easy to calculate using height and weight measurements, and there are also physical tools (such as a caliper) that can take a physical BMI measurement.

What is BMI?

The BMI chart takes into account a person’s height and weight to determine the fatness level of the body. It is not a diagnostic tool, merely an initial screening tool that can guide a person (or a person’s doctor) toward a closer examination of possible health concerns regarding excess weight. It is not highly exact and it is not a direct measure of fat, but research does indicate strong correlations between BMI and more scientific measurements of fatness including measuring the body’s water displacement. It is often used because of its ease and its relative accuracy.

A person’s BMI is roughly calculated by a formula. In pounds and inches, the formula is [ weight in pounds / (height in inches x height in inches) ] x 703.

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