CALCULATE YOUR BMI

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ARE YOU A HEALTHY WEIGHT?

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a way to determine whether your weight is in a healthy range.  It is considered a more useful measurement than weight alone. In Australia and New Zealand, a body mass index of over 25 is considered overweight and a body mass index of over 30 is considered obese. The BMI index is a useful measurement for most people over 18 years, however, there are some limitations to be aware of as it may be influenced by age, gender and ethnicity.

How to Calculate Your BMI

Your BMI can be calculated by dividing your weight (in kilograms), by your height (in metres squared), like this: 

BMI= weight (kg)/(height (m))2

Example: Weight = 68kg, Height = 1.65m

Calculation: 68 ÷ (1.65 x 1.65) = 24.98

WHAT THE RESULTS MEAN?

Based on your BMI calculation, you can determine your classification based on the chart below.

 

BODY MASS INDEX (KG/M2)

CLASSIFICATION

Below 18.50

Underweight

18.50 to 24.99

Healthy weight

25.00 to 29.99

Overweight

30 and above

Obese Class 1 (30.00 – 34.99) Obese Class 2 (35.00 – 39.99)
40 and above Obese Class 3 (40.00 and over)Extremely overweight/high risk for health complications


Source: Adapted from World Health Organisation (WHO) 1995, WHO 2000 and WHO 2004

EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE

Muscles: The BMI calculator cannot distinguish between fat and muscle. Those with higher than average muscle mass (body builders, athletes etc.) will end up with a misleadingly high BMI value.

Certain populations: BMI and the above-mentioned classification are also unsuitable for certain populations and individuals, including Aboriginal people, Pacific Islanders, Asian people, children, pregnant women and the elderly.

For all these reasons, you should treat it as a rough guide to be used in conjunction with other body-weight calculators.

WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE

Measuring your waist circumference is a great predictor of your health. No matter what your height or build are, an increased waistline can be a sign that your health is more at risk.

The BMI calculation is a guideline only as it does not take into consideration fat to muscle ratio, which affects BMI results. Therefore, it may not be appropriate for athletes or those of muscular build.

The calculations on this site are estimates and content is provided for general information only. It should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Always consult your own GP if you’re in any way concerned about your health.