BMI equals a person’s weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared BMI=Weight inkg/ Height in m2.
The World Health Organization uses a classification system using the BMI to define overweight.
Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches and men more than 40 inches may have higher chances of diseases than people with smaller waist measurements. From left to right, the “healthy” man has a 33 inch (84 cm) waist, the “overweight” man a 45 inch (114cm) waist, and the “obese” man a 60 inch (152cm) waist.
Waist-hip ratio or waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is the ratio of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips. Males with a Waist to hip ratio of more than 1 while females of more than 0.85 are at a higher risk.
This refers to the measurement of subcutaneous fat located directly beneath the skin by grasping a fold of skin and subcutaneous fat and measuring it using calipers. It is used mainly to determine relative fatness and the percentage of body fat.
|BMI (kg/m2)||Over weight Class||Men 102cm (40 in) or less Women 88cm (35 in) or less||Men > 102cm (40 in) Women > 88cm (35 in)|
|Normal weight||18.5 – 24.9|
|Overweight||25.0 – 29.9||Increased||High|
|Over weight||30.0 – 34.9||I||High||Very High|
|Over weight||35.0 – 39.9||II||Very High||Very High|
|Extreme Overweight||40.0 +||III||Extremely High||Extremely High|
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