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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you describe how to measure body mass index?

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Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Kg/m2: Bmi is a calculated value of your weight in kilograms (1kg=2.205 lbs) divided by you height in meters squared (1 meter=39.37 in). To square your height, multiply it by itself. I.E. 1.7 x 1.7. It's much easier to use one of the online bmi calculators where you just put in your height and weight and it does all the conversions and calculations for you. Bmi doesn't take age and gender into account.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

How do you measure body mass index?

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Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Online calculator: Bmi is a calculation based on dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared: kg/m2. There are many online calculators that will do this for you by just putting in your height and weight that way you don't have to do the conversions and math.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How is body mass index measured?

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Dr. Holly Barth
Dr. Holly Barthanswered
General Practice 10 years experience
Height and weight: Body mass index (bmi) is calculated as weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of the person's height (in meters).
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the importance of body mass index?

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Dr. Sara Stein
Functional Medicine, Integrative Psychiatry, Obesity Treatment 34 years experience
Is BMI reliable?: Hi erikka! body mass index (bmi) is only a measure of height & weight. As a result, a very muscular person may have the same BMI as an obese, overfat person - with very different health risks. Bmi also does not give information about dangerous disease-causing visceral belly fat. I prefer bioelectrical impedance analysis - gives a full body composition -fat, muscle, bone, hydration status.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How accurate is the body mass index?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Mathematical: It is a specific formula to calculate the bmi, based on one's own height and weight. Bmi = weight (kg) divided by height (m) squared.
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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can you lower your body mass index?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Yes: By losing weight, your bmi will go down.
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