BMI

BMI is the body mass index (also known as body mass index (BMI), body mass index (BMI) or Quetelet-Kaup index). The measure is used to evaluate body weight in relation to height.

The “desirable” value of the Body Mass Index, BMI, depends on age and gender.

It is calculated as follows:
BMI (kg/m2) = body weight (kg) / height (m2)

A person with a height of 160 cm and a body weight of 60 kg has a BMI of 23.4 [60 : (1.6 m)2 = 23.4].

The following table shows BMI values for different age groups:

AgeBMI
19-24 years19-24
25-34 years20-25
35-44 years21-26
45-54 years22-27
55-64 years23-28
>64 years24-29

BMI classification (according to DGE, Ernährungsbericht 1992):

ClassificationMalefemale
Underweight<20<19
Normal weight20-2519-24
Overweight25-3024-30
Obesity30-4030-40
massive obesity>40>40

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