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What is there to know about the BMI?

With the help of YAZIO you can calculate your ideal weight very easily.

An ideal weight means that you’re not too heavy but not too thin either but instead have a healthy body composition. The ideal weight depends on your age, biological gender and body height and plays an important role for your health.

The key element for calculating the ideal weight is the so-called body mass index (BMI).

To calculate the BMI, your body weight (in kilograms) is divided by your body height (in meters). This value is then squared. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) a normal weight is anything between a BMI of 18.5 and 25. Our calculator defines a BMI of 21 as “ideal” for women and 23 for men.

Limitations to the BMI

Unfortunately, the BMI disregards the body composition.

Factors such as muscle mass, water retention or the weight of the bones are not taken into account by the BMI. Since muscles are heavier than fat, an individual with more muscle mass would then mistakenly be categorized as “overweight” according to the BMI alone.

A high percentage of muscle mass distorts the BMI

When evaluating the significance of the BMI, it is important to take into account whether you have a higher body fat percentage and thus, actually might be overweight, or if your increased weight is due to other factors such as a high percentage of muscle mass.

Skinny fat is not healthy

Even with a BMI that is within the “normal” range, one can be “skinny fat”, which is defined by having a low muscle percentage and a higher body fat percentage at the same time. Even though your weight classifies as “healthy” according to the BMI, this can have negative effects on your health.

To better evaluate your specific situation, we recommend to determine your body composition (for example with the help of a special scale) in addition to calculating your BMI.

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