What Does BMI Stand For?
BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a formula that is supposed to provide a better overall health indicator than weight alone. In other words, people of different sizes should way different amounts. The BMI formula addresses this.
Further, there are charts based on population averages that report on whether or not a person is overweight or, perhaps even, obese.
Our stance on the BMI system is that it is, like weight in general terms, a useful indicator but not an accurate diagnostic tool. People with high muscle mass, for instance, might indicate as overweight or obese even when they are not.
The NHS has an easy-to-user BMI Calculator that you can use in both imperial and metric measurements. Simply click below and fill in the boxes.