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Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI, formerly called the Quetelet index, is a measure for indicating nutritional status in adults. It is defined as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of the person’s height in metres (kg/m2). For example, an adult who weighs 70 kg and whose height is 1.75 m will have a BMI of 22.9 (WHO).


Asian BMI Categories

Underweight = <18.5
Normal Weight = 18.5-22.9
Overweight = 23-26.9
Obesity = >27

Further Reading (Source: WHO)

Standard BMI Categories

Underweight = <18.5
Normal Weight = 18.5-24.9
Overweight = 25-29.9
Obesity = >30

Further Reading (Source: WHO)


Ideal Body Weight (IBW)

Theweight believed to be maximally healthful for a person, based chiefly on height but modified by factors such as gender, age, build, and degree of muscular development (Farlex, 2012).


Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)

Basal metabolic rate is the total number of calories that your body needs to perform basic, life-sustaining functions. These basal functions include circulation, breathing, cell production, nutrient processing, protein synthesis, and ion transport (verywellfit).