The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy. I’ve been checking my BMI with a couple of tools on the web, and have found most are in the region of that quoted by the NHS.
For most adults, an ideal BMI is in the 18.5 to 24.9 range. Mine is 26.4
I knew I was overweight, so it isn’t a shock for me. Hopefully over the next few months my BMI will drop into the green zone.
Regardless of the jogging that I have undertaken, I am quite active with an average 5 mile a day walked – and around 10, while at work. So, fingers crossed, this shouldn’t take too long.
- My problem is, that I eat way too much of the wrong kind of food/sweets. Snickers, Midget Gems, Crisps, Chips, Bread, etc.
To work out your BMI:
- divide your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in metres (m)
- then divide the answer by your height again to get your BMI
- alternatively, try this calculator, provided by the NHS
- if you weigh 70kg and you’re 1.75m tall, divide 70 by 1.75 – the answer is 40
- then divide 40 by 1.75 – the answer is 22.9
- your BMI is 22.9kg/m2
For children and young people aged 2 to 18, the BMI calculation takes into account age and gender as well as height and weight.
If your BMI is:
- below 18.5 – you’re in the underweight range
- between 18.5 and 24.9 – you’re in the healthy weight range
- between 25 and 29.9 – you’re in the overweight range
- between 30 and 39.9 – you’re in the obese range