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BMIYou may have heard of the BMI scale, but what the hell is it?!

Let me explain…

BMI stand for Body Mass Index and is a measure that the majority of people can use to check if their weight is healthy for their height.

For most adults, an ideal BMI is in the range 18.5 to 24.9.

If your BMI is 25 or more, you’re over the ideal weight for your height:

  • 25 to 29.9 is overweight
  • 30 to 39.9 is obese
  • 40 or more is very obese

If your BMI is less than 18.5, you’re under the ideal weight for your height.

You can calculate your BMI using our handy BMI calculator below.

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I currently sit around the 24 mark, which as you can see is fairly close to the overweight bracket.  This is where the BMI scale struggles a little bit as people who carry more muscle are often found in the overweight bracket even though they are obviously not overweight.  The reason for this is that muscle weighs more than fat and the BMI scale doesn’t take this into consideration.

Having said that, the BMI scale is a simple tool that will work for the majority of the population and when combined with other figures such as body fat % and circumferences we are able paint a good picture of our health and whether we are at risk of certain diseases.

FURTHER READING: BMI: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

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