What is BMI?

BMI stands for “Body Mass Index”. It is used to screen people into different weight categories such as underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obesity. It is measured by a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. BMI does not diagnose anything serious. If an individual is at risk, he/she will have to visit a healthcare provider. Be aware when reading your results, the BMI is nothing concrete in terms of diagnoses. It is a great tool to evaluate oneself and can help motivate you towards your body weight goal. You do not need to have a specific number of what you want to weigh, but in terms of overall health it is always helpful to know where you stand.