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Calculation of Body Mass Index (BMI)

 Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of your weight in relation to your height. It is the most widely used measure of a healthy weight versus being overweight or obese. There is increasing evidence that being overweight aggravates FM as well as predisposing to the development of diabetes. FM patients with diabetes tend to have more severe symptoms.
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To calculate your BMI, fill out your weight and height - in either inches and pounds or meters and kilograms.

(note: your browser must support Java to do this calculation)

 Height: in m; weight: lb kg 


You have a body mass index of

This is considered  
      see charts below:


            BMI and Waist circumference and risk of cardiovascular disease:


BMI rating

Waist less than or equal to 40 in. (men)
35 in. (women)

Waist greater than
40 in. (men)
35 in. (women)

  18.5 or less


   No increased risk

   No increased risk

18.5 - 24.9


   No increased risk

   Low risk

25.0 - 29.9


   Increased risk

   High risk

30.0 - 39.9


   High risk

   Very High risk

   40 or greater

   Extremely Obese

   Extremely High risk

   Extremely High risk

Ideal weight in relation to height:


  Note:  Muscle weighs more than fat and an elevated BMI may be due to a high muscle mass.
            For instance Arnold Schwarzenegger had a BMI of 33 as Mr.Universe in 1967.

  BMI may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build.
  BMI may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle mass.


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