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BMI Data

BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and measures the relationship between your height and weight, and correlates to the amount of body fat on an individual. Specifically, BMI is calculated by your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared.

There is a healthy BMI range for each individual. A low BMI (less than 18.5) indicates underweight which may be a cause for concern. A high BMI (greater than 25) indicates overweight and an increased risk of health problems associated with overweight.

BMI chart for adults:

Body Mass Index Chart

For children, BMI is represented on a graph that also takes into account the child’s age and gender, because healthy amounts of body fat differ for boys and girls, and changes as they age.  BMI calculator for children

If a person’s BMI is above 25 or below 18, he or she might benefit from consulting a health professional to help evaluate overall health and identify things to do in order to attain and maintain a healthier body weight. Generally, eating a healthy diet low in calories and fat, and high in fiber, and getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily will benefit each of us.

graph montanans who are overweight or obese 1997-2009 


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