Body Mass Index (BMI)
The following categories are as follows:
Underweight: BMI is less than 18.5
Normal Weight: BMI is 18.5 to 24.9
Overweight: BMI is 25 to 29.9
Obese: BMI is 30 or more
For most adults, the BMI is a useful tool in understanding healthy weight ranges. While the BMI is often used in the health and wellness field today, it does come with its flaws. The BMI is simply a calculation and does not determine lean body mass or body shape. If an individual has a higher density of lean tissue (muscle), the BMI calculation will more than likely categorize the individual in a higher range. A muscular 25 year old could potentially register as overweight when in actuality they’re in great physical shape.
The BMI is a wonderful tool for the general population but do utilize anthropometric measurements to get a better understanding of your current physical health. If you would like to learn more about your BMI and how to change it, contact us today and one of our personal trainers will get you the information you need to get started!