The overweight calculator uses a measurement of Body Mass Index or BMI. It doesn’t account for differences in muscle mass and excess fat. Two 5 ft 9in (175cms) people can weigh 210lbs (93kg), with one having a body fat percentage of 6% and the other 40% are in very different shape, yet this scale considers both obese.
Body Mass Index was never intended to measure whether you are overweight, although many people use it like this. Rather it was designed as a simple categorizing tool for statistical use. For instance as a way to talk about how many people are overweight in a particular country.
Muscle is much denser and heavier than fat. Meaning waist to hip ratio and body fat percentage are better indications of whether you are really overweight or not.
Fill out the fields in the form below and click “calculate my BMI” to get your Body Mass Index
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What Does this Mean?
- over 30 is considered obese
- between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight
- between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered a healthy bmi
- under 18.5 is consider underweight