Body mass index (BMI) is a number based
on a person's weight and height that provides a way to estimate the effect of weight
on health. The higher the BMI, the greater the risk of some diseases, including high
blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, some cancers, and
type 2 diabetes.
To calculate exact BMI, one of the following equations is used:
person's weight in pounds and height in inches: BMI = (pounds x 703) divided by (inches
The person's weight in kilograms and height in meters: BMI = kilograms
divided by (meters squared)
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen
Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica,
MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD,
CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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