A BMI Chart helps determine whether the weight of an individual is within the healthy range by using the height and weight of the individual. By using a formula, a value will be produced and this value will be placed into one of the categories which will clearly detail just how healthy an individual is. The produced value can be compared against any BMI Charts which will provide information about how healthy an individual is.
When determining if an individual has a normal weight, a medical practitioner may consider additional criteria in addition to the BMI. For example, individuals such as weightlifters or heavy athletes could be incredibly muscular and still maintain a good weight despite BMI levels appearing to be extremely high, suggesting excess weight but the reality is different since muscles are much heavier compared to fat tissue.
However, the majority of BMI Charts available are not specific to gender i.e. there is no separate male BMI Chart and female BMI Chart. It is common to find a BMI Chart for kids because they develop differently and have different norms, but it is rare to find a chart that takes into account gender. Nonetheless, this is important and now more and more gender-specific charts are being produced where males have a slightly higher BMI limit than women.
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Reading a BMI Chart is quick and easy to understand. However, before looking at the BMI Chart you need to make sure that you have the most up-to-date measurements available on hand which takes into account the weight of an individual (in kg) as well as the height (in m).
Once these two parameters are on hand, they can be used to calculate the BMI by simply dividing the weight by height2 and this will produce a number. That number is extremely important because that is the number you use to read the BMI chart. The value of this number can fall into one of four categories which are described below:
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