Introduction To Body Mass Index

As you come to the knowledge of being overweight or underweight or maybe even if you surprise yourself by being in the normal weight, you will eventually encounter the term BMI. It is short for "Body Mass Index" which is a statistical benchmark of the weight or mass or a person which is accordingly scaled to his or her height.

Back in the 1980s there was a particularly alarming period when obese people started becoming more and more predominant. It was a clearly a grave issue that had the medical population baffled. The thriving Western society was in fact prospering so much that the people back then would essentially have more than enough to eat. It is because of this condition that people started eating more calories and because of that, the fat content of the foods eventually caught up with them.

The BMI provided the medical experts a simple standard by measuring how fat or thin a person is related to their height and weight. This particular tool for finding out whether a person is too fat or thin has become an issue for other people because there are other medical physicians who have given the authority to it for completely diagnosing patients who come for medical professional help. This should not be the case because it was a tool to begin with and not the rule. Its only purpose is to be able to categorize certain individuals who do not lead an active lifestyle.

The BMI has different settings which measure a person whether he or she is in starvation, anorexic, underweight, of normal weight, overweight and obese. If a person has a BMI of less than 15.0, then he or she is in the area of starvation. If he or she has a BMI or less than 17.5, then the person is considered anorexic. Underweight individuals have a BMI which is less than 18.5. The ideal BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9, while the overweight individuals have a BMI of 25 to 29.9. Obese individuals have a BMI of 30 to 39.9 and those who are 40 and above are considered to be "morbidly obese".

This is just a simple introduction to the Body Mass Index, its functions as well as their settings. It is important for a person to always know their BMI in order to avoid the different medical conditions that accompany being overweight or underweight. Then, if the diagnosis is given, it is suggested that the person would follow it up with an appointment with the doctor in order to get a professional’s opinion. After all, it’s not worth to pay a heavy price just because of negligence.