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The BMI Challenge

What’s your BMI?

Today, I have a mini-challenge for you guys. I am sure all of us have heard of Body Mass Index (BMI). It is a tool that is utilized to tell us whether we are underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. Medical professionals use this tool to determine the amount of body fat in our body with regards to height and weight. Many of us think very low about our bodies, we think we are too fat or too skinny (but mostly it’s too fat). Here is a challenge for you all to see how well you know your body.First, look at the body silhouettes that are pictured below.Then determine which number describes your body size the best.

http://halls.md/bmi-drawings-skinny-fat/
M/F body types

Now that you have determined your body number, match it with the BMIs listed below.

Men’s average BMI for each figure-number

MEN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
BMI 19.8 21.1 22.2 23.6 25.8 28.1 31.5 35.2 41.5

Women’s average BMI for each figure-number

WOMEN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
BMI 18.3 19.3 20.9 23.1 26.2 29.9 34.3 38.6 45.4

 

Lastly, go to http://1.usa.gov/1dSzT3p, enter your height and weight and click ‘Calculate’.  Your BMI will be displayed.

Now compare the BMI that you just calculated with the one from the silhouettes. Did you predict your body type correctly?

Sumi K.

A student of Nutrition.

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