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According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), BMI is a figure calculated using a person’s height and weight to determine the weight grade of a person. It will not give direct body fat measure, however gives a general body fat measure on the average.
BMI formula usually presumes that people of a particular height should drop within a particular weight range. The formula is [weight in kgs / Height in m] (squared) = BMI.
BMI define the weight status and accordingly certain parameters are set by CDC.
BMI is relatively used because it is cheap and simple calculation. It needs only a person’s height and weight. This is the reason CDC and similar groups use BMI in surveys and studies as it is difficult to determine large sample sizes like that of an entire country which will be time consuming and expensive.
BMI takes only a person’s weight and height into consideration. It will not include other factors like gender, age and composition of the body.
Many athletes are determines to be obese or overweight because of the muscle mass. Muscle weight is more than fat, so an athlete’s weight is usually more than the average person of same height. This shows that an athlete will be having higher BMI, though healthier in rest all measures.
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