Easy Steps For Calculating BMI

BMI is reasonably simple to calculate but before we look at that, let's take a look at BMI and what it actually is. BMI is short for Body Mass Index and this is a tool that was created in the 1800s to determine a persons weight range.

The formula will give a result that will indicate whether a person is in a normal weight range for their height or whether they are over or under weight. Even though this formula was created 200 years ago, it is still widely used today.

There are some situations where BMI results won't be accurate but generally for most people it will give an accurate result.

The problem with BMI is that it doesn't distinguish between fat and muscle so those people, like body builders, who have a lot of muscle, their BMI results would not be accurate.

For most of us though, BMI will give us a pretty good idea of whether we are in a healthy weight range, underweight, overweight or obese.

How to Calculate BMI

There is a basic formula that is used to calculate BMI and that is weight divided by height squared - kg/m2.

You take your height (in meters) and square it, so you times it by itself. Then you divide the answer into your weight (in kilograms).

Let's do an example so you can see exactly how it works. If a person is 1.7 meters tall we would times 1.7 by 1.7 which gives us an answer of 2.89.

Now if that person weights 90 kilograms we then divide the weight by the height squared, so that is 90 divided by 2.89.

This gives us a BMI of 31. A BMI of 31 would indicate that this person is obese.

The normal weight range is a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. If you fall below 18.5 then you would be underweight. If you fall in the range of 25 to 29.9 then you would be considered overweight.

If your BMI results was 30 or over then you are considered obese. So now you can see how the answer we got above of 31 would put that person in the obese category.

Let's do another example using the same height but a different weight.

So the person is 1.7 meters and 1.7 squared is 2.89. This time let's say that they weight 68 kilograms so we divide 68 by 2.89 which gives us a BMI result of 23.5.

This person would be within the normal weight range. You can use BMI calculations to determine how much weight you need to lose to be in a healthy range.

With these two examples, the person in the first example would need to lose around 20 kilograms to get down to a healthy weight range.

If you don't like to work in meters and kilograms there is another formula that you can use for pounds and feet.

With this formula you take your weight in pounds and times it by 4.88. Then you divide that number by your height in feet, squared.

Let's work that out using a person that is 200 pounds and 6 feet tall. You would times 200 by 4.88 which is 976.

Then you would take the height in feet and times it by itself, so 6 times 6 equals 36.

Now take the weight answer of 976 and divide it by 36 which equals 27.1 - this is your BMI. A result of 27.1 would put a person in the overweight range.

When calculating your BMI just remember to factor in whether you have a lot of muscle or not as this can make the results inaccurate.

You can check your own BMI levels with this link for your health online MBI calculator

Back-to-Directory BACK TO “Your Health Online”
the A to Z directory of dealing with Health Problems & Self Care Strategies for natural remedies to your health issues.


Even when we try to eat well, we're disadvantaged. The nutritional content of most food has been compromised over the years, not only by deficient soils and modern production, transportation, storage and processing methods, but also by the enormous amounts of chemical and artificial substances added to promote growth, storage life, taste and appearance.

It's for this reason that more and more medical authorities are advocating the use of vitamin and mineral supplements. However, finding them in the right combination can be both confusing and costly.
The nutrition products I am going to recommend you make use of knowledge gained from the botanical world's 6,000 year history. They incorporated health building nutritional herbs with the best modern technology to help our bodies cleanse and detoxify so that the cells - the tiniest living units - can be as fully nourished as possible.

This allows the cells to grow, repair and to perform their functions with the best possible efficiency so that we feel and look better and are more able to prevent and fight disease. Once the body begins to clear itself of toxins it can more efficiently absorb nutrition.

Further reading through our articles on health issues will give you a body of information that will help you decide what options you have to deal with the underlying causes of your problem through giving your body the nutrition products that will assist you body to heal from the inside out.

You can visit our health food products page here: Herbalife Health Nutrition Supplements and learn more about our core nutrition program, the Cellular Nutrition Advanced Program and also check out these targeted products, Florafiber to replace your healthy flora and Aloe Vera Juice to help cleanse your system.
We wish you well in your search for solutions to this problem and your movement towards better health in all areas.


Back to Top of your health online page
Subscribe to “Your Health Success” newsletter
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy |Disclaimer | Free Health Book|Contact Us


Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Submit *YOUR* health story.

Back-to-Directory BACK TO “Your Health Online”
the A to Z directory of dealing with Health Problems & Self Care Strategies for natural remedies to your health issues.

Subscribe to get your weekly "Health Success Magazine" with a new complete & comprehensive Health Report in every edition!

to “Your Health Success”
our weekly F’R’E’E’ Newsletter

If you would like a free no-obligation private consultation or to contact Warren Tattersall for more information, please click here >> Contact Us

We wish you well in your search for healthy diet solutions and your movement towards better health in all areas.
Click the books above to learn more about how we treat CFS naturally, to get your life back!

You will find many assorted Health Reports available for download free to you on this website!

Our free Health Success Reports are each available for you to download when you subscribe to receive them and their 7 part eCourse.

You can unsubscribe at any time, but we are sure you will want to receive all the email lessons of these informative ecourses.

Read more HERE to select the REPORT subjects of most interest (or concern) to you.