Body_Mass_Index by andissswin

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									Title:
Body Mass Index

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Summary:
A person’s body mass index is a number calculated based on their height
and weight. It is used for a comparative analysis of people with similar
heights. The body mass index is a brainchild of a Bel gian statistician
and mathematician named Adolphe Quatelet who created the BMI sometime
from1830 to 1850. To calculate the BMI, divide the person’s weight in
kilograms by their height in meters squared.


Keywords:
Body Mass Index, Calculate Body Mass Index, Body Mass Index Definition,
Body Mass Index For Teen


Article Body:
A person’s body mass index is a number calculated based on their height
and weight. It is used for a comparative analysis of people with similar
heights. The body mass index is a brainchild of a Belgian statistician
and mathematician named Adolphe Quatelet who created the BMI sometime
from1830 to 1850. To calculate the BMI, divide the person’s weight in
kilograms by their height in meters squared.

The Body Mass Index has been in use as a medical benchmark for obesity
and is the statistical estimate for Adiposity. It is also the standard
employed by the WHO (World Health Organization) for its obesity
statistics.

This number was introduced to the public through the governmen t’s efforts
to promote sanguinity, nutritional knowledge, and healthy eating habits.
This simple statistic has rendered itself very important since it can
adapt itself to continuous changes inherent in a community and can
indicate the economic development on a nutritional basis.

The BMI was promoted as a simple rule of thumb that any individual of a
particular height can calculate at home. It might not be the best
possible indicator with regard to weight and health, as it can be
unreliable in children, athletes, and the elderly.

It’s quite simple to get an idea for the approximate type of body weight
using the BMI. Roughly, an individual with BMI of 19 or less can be
classified as underweight and is liable to suffer from malnutrition and
other such eating disorders. A BMI of 25 is considered overweight and a
BMI of 30 would classify as extremely obese.

The US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported that
about 59 % of American men and 49% of American women are overweight and
over 2% of men and 4% of women were reported to be extremely obese.
These alarming reports only prove the BMI to be a more critical in
America today rather than just an easy index for a self - check. It is to
be noted that the BMI is not a fully reliable statistic by itself and
hence health and nutrition recommendations to an individual cannot be
made using just the BMI.

								
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