BMI is a number calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by his or her height in meters squared. BMI is used in determining obesity. Obesity is most commonly calculated using BMI. An adult with a BMI of 30 or greater is clinically obese. BMI is not used to determine a person’s actual percentage of body fat, but it is a good indicator to categorize weight in terms of what is healthy and unhealthy.
The Union health ministry last year slimmed down the Body Mass Index (BMI) to 23 kg/m2 as against 25 kg/m2 globally. The primary reason to lower BMI levels was to fight the danger of India becoming a diabetes hub by 2050.
|18.5 - 22.9||Normal|
|23.0 - 29.9||Overweight|
|30.4 - 34.9||Obese ( Class I )|
|35.0 - 39.9||Obese ( Class II )|
|40.0 and Higher||Extreme Obesity ( Class III )|