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Achieving Health and Wellness: Understanding BMI and Ideal Weight

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BMI (Body Mass Index) – is a tool used to assess whether your weight is within a healthy range relative to your height. It is calculated by dividing your weight by the square of your height in meters.

Here’s the formula for calculating BMI:

BMI=height (m)2weight (kg)​

For example, if your weight is 160 pounds and your height is 5 feet 6 inches (approximately 1.68 meters), then converting your height to meters, using the conversion factor where 1 foot equals 0.3048 meters and 1 inch equals 0.0254 meters, your height is approximately 1.68×0.3048=1.524m.

Now we can calculate BMI:


According to this formula, the BMI value is approximately 68.97. This value clearly falls outside the healthy BMI range, which typically ranges from 18.5 to 24.9.

Now let’s consider the interpretation of BMI values:

  • If BMI is less than 18.5, it indicates underweight, which increases the risk of nutrient deficiency, anemia, and osteoporosis.
  • A BMI value between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered a healthy weight with a low risk of weight-related diseases.
  • A BMI value between 25.0 and 29.9 indicates overweight and an increased risk of weight-related diseases.
  • A BMI value between 30.0 and 34.9 indicates obesity 1st degree with significantly increased risk of weight-related diseases.
  • A BMI value between 35.0 and 39.9 indicates obesity 2nd degree with very high risk of weight-related diseases.
  • A BMI value above 40.0 indicates obesity 3rd degree with extremely high risk of weight-related diseases.

Now let’s create a table to illustrate this:

Weight (pounds)Height (feet, inches)Height (meters)BMI

The ideal weight for a specific height can be calculated according to the range of healthy BMI.

Remember that BMI is just one tool for assessing your health, and its interpretation can vary depending on factors such as age, gender, muscle mass, and body composition. For a more accurate assessment of your health, it’s always recommended to consult a doctor.