Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. BMI does not differentiate between body fat and muscle mass. Therefore, body builders and people who have a lot of muscle bulk will have a high BMI but are not overweight or obese.

BMI is usually a good indicator of body fat for most people.


Body Mass Index Chart

Although it doesn’t directly measure body fat, it closely correlates to direct measures of body fat, such as underwater weighing. BMI is also an inexpensive and easy-to-perform method that can help determine if a person’s current weight could potentially lead to health problems.

It’s important to note that BMI is not a diagnostic tool. Whether a person has a high BMI or low BMI, an individual’s personal measurement should be left to a reputable doctor to determine if excess weight is a health risk.

Further assessments may need to be completed including:

  • Family History
  • Evaluations of Diet and Physical Activity
  • Skinfold Thickness Measurements


BMI Calculator

What is your Weight? (Weight in Kgs)
What is your Height? (Height in Feet & Inches)


Our Stats

In Australia, we have a major weight problem.

In the overweight or greater groups are

    62% Australian Men
    45% Australian Women
    25% Australian Minors

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2004-5

This number has massively increased in only 20 years, making us one of the fattest countries in the world. By some measures we are indeed the fattest country in the world.

Serious problem…need a serious solution


Please Contact Melbourne Bariatrics on  03  9770  7189  for more information or to make an appointment
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