The BMI is said to be a measure of body fat, based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women.
The most accurate assessment of what weight should be, takes into account the body composition - how much of a person's weight is lean body mass (muscle and bone) and how much is body fat.
It was invented in the 19th century, by Belgian Mathematician, Adolphe Quetelet, as a way to calculate body fat according to the relationship of weight and height. Most health professionals consider BMI to be a relatively good index of obesity, and prefer to use it in preference to height-weight tables.
Depending on the BMI the course of the treatment for the person is prepared.
BMI Health Index
|1||18.5 or less||Malnutrition/Underweight||Healthy Diet|
|2||18.5 - 22.9||Normal||Healthy Diet|
|3||23.0 - 27.4||Overweight||Exercise & Low Calorie Food|
|4||27.5 - 32.4||Pre-Obese||Medicines|
|6||37.5 & Above||Morbidly Obese||Surgery|