Body Mass Index for Asians

Body Mass Index for Asians


The body mass index (BMI) is a statistical measure of the weight of a person scaled according to height. BMI is calculated as the individual’s body weight divided by the square of their height.

Metric Imperial BMI Formula-The metric bmi formula accepts weight measurements in kilograms & height measurements in either cm’s or meters
1 meter = 100cms
meters² = meters * meters

BMI = Weight in kilograms = kg/m²
Height in meters²

Asians are comparitively small statured compared to other races in the world. Hence the BMI does apply univerally for all in the world. Extensive studies have proved that asians have a different body mass indices and hence the following values apply.

Category BMI range – kg/m2
Starvationless than 14.9
Underweightfrom 15 to 18.4
Normal from18.5 to 22.9
Overweight from23 to 27.5
Obese from27.6 to 40
Morbidly Obesegreater than 40

Hence if an individual’s body mass index in Asia is 25, is not acceptable according to studies. He can very much be prone to developing various health risks.

So get your calculators out and calculate the actual BMI for Asians.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

3 Replies to “Body Mass Index for Asians”

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  2. Its really a good job
    making people aware of their health
    proper diet is d only way to be fit & healthy

  3. by asians i do think the article references to east asians(chinese,japanese,koreans etc)
    Indians have a different body structure than these people .

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