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BMI cheking-Nursing doc

August 14, 2011 - Advance Nursing Practice

What is the BMI?

The body mass index (BMI) allows us to evaluate if a person’s weight represents a health risk.

The BMI only applies to people 18 years or older. In addition, if you’re over 65 years or if your muscles are very developed, your BMI can be slightly higher than 25 without increasing the risks to your health.

BMI Weight Category Risk of Health Problems
Less than 18.5 Underweight Increased
18.5 – 24.9 Normal Weight Least
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight Increased
30.0 and over Obese High to very high

 

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