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Are You Overweight?
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Most recent revision 08.23.2013

Disclaimer: This application is for information and entertainment purposes only. The author is not a physician, therefore no conclusions should be drawn from these results. Always consult a qualified physician before starting a weight loss or exercise program. The author assumes no responsibility for any consequences of misuse of the information provided.

Caveat: a systematic flaw has been uncovered in the BMI assessment system. Because a given volume of muscle tissue has the same weight as fat, if an individual has a lot of muscle mass, he or she will be incorrectly evaluated as overweight or obese. In a case like this, it is necessary to perform a comparatively complex procedure that determines the ratio of body muscle to body fat.

In the simplest terms, if you are an athletic individual, if you have a lot of muscle tissue, the BMI calculation will probably not deliver an accurate result.

This JavaScript application will compute your Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure of how your weight compares with the ideal. All you need to do is enter your height and weight and the program will do the rest.

Step 1. Enter your height and weight
Enter your Height:  Inches   Meters
Enter Your Weight:  Pounds   Kilograms

Step 2. Click here:  
Your Body Mass Index
Your Maximum Healthy Weight
Based on a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25.
 Pounds, or   Kilograms.


In 1995, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the American Health Foundation issued new guidelines that defines healthy weight as a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 25. In a recent study, 59% of Americans exceeded this weight.

There are many adverse health effects that accompany obesity, the most common being high blood pressure, but including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and an increased risk of death from all causes.

The Body Mass Index is equal to one's weight in kilograms divided by the square of one's height in meters, or BMI = W / (H * H). A maximum healthy weight (based on a BMI of 25) is equal to 25 times the square of one's height in meters, or 25 * H * H.

BMI Categories

  • Underweight (less than 18.5)
  • Normal (18.5 to 24.9)
  • Overweight (25 to 29.9)
  • Obesity class I (30 to 34.9)
  • Obesity class 2 (35 to 39.9)
  • Obesity class 3 (greater than 40)

Source: Does My BMI Make Me Look Fat?

Further Reading Body mass index (Wikipedia)

NOTE: Do not undertake a diet or exercise program meant to change your weight without first consulting a physician.

Now, just for fun, imagine this:

If You Lived On You Would Weigh
Planet Pounds Kilograms
Earth's Moon

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