Body Mass Index: How do you measure up?
Body mass index is a measure of body fat that is based upon
an individual’s weight and height. Mathematically speaking it is the measure of
a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. Since
BMI measures body fatness, it can indicate health problems associated with
weight. This is not a direct measure of body fatness but has been shown to have
similar results to those indicated by skinfold measurements, bioelectrical
impedance, and underwater weighing.
Since the 1970s, the prevalence of obesity has risen, which for adults is having a BMI greater than or equal to 30 k/m2. Since the only information
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