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Body mass index: What's your BMI?

 Age in years
 Are you pregnant?
Yes No
 Gender
M F
 Weight in pounds
 Height in feet
 and inches

 

 Your BMI (%)
 Comment:
  

The body mass index (BMI) calculator is designed for an adult with an average body type. It is not designed for pregnant women or children.

The BMI calculator is not necessarily indicative of your overall health. It does not take into account your frame (for example, the broadness of your shoulders or the size of your pelvis) or your muscle mass. If you are concerned about your weight, talk to your doctor.

To determine the body mass index of someone who is 2 to 19 years old, use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's BMI calculator for children and teens.

For more fitness information, visit Get fit.


Source: Calle EE et al.  New England Journal of Medicine 1999; 341:1097-1105 Keys A et al. Journal of Chronic Disease 1972;25:329
Reviewed by: Paul Kleeberg, MD, medical director, Internet/Intranet Services, Allina Health
First Published: 08/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 10/04/2004

Calorie burn rate: How many calories would you use?

 Weight in pounds
 Type of activity
 Duration in minutes
 Calories burned

The burn rate calculator provides an approximation of the number of calories you will burn. Keep in mind that the amount of energy that you put into an exercise activity, the equipment you use and your body type will all affect burn rate. For more fitness information, visit Get fit.


Source: Calle EE et al.  New England Journal of Medicine 1999; 341:1097-1105 Keys A et al. Journal of Chronic Disease 1972;25:329
Reviewed by: Paul Kleeberg, MD, medical director, Internet/Intranet Services, Allina Hospitals & Clinics
First Published: 08/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 10/04/2004

Caloric requirements: How many calories do you need?

 Height in feet
 and inches
 Weight in pounds
 Gender M F
 Age in years
 Activity level
 Daily calories needed

The calorie calculator provides the number of calories needed to maintain your weight. It does not take into account the types of food you should eat to maintain your health. Remember that a balanced diet, as prescribed in the Food and Drug Administration's food pyramid, is the most accepted way to maintain a healthful diet. For more about diet and nutrition, visit Eat healthy.


Source: Calle EE et al.  New England Journal of Medicine 1999; 341:1097-1105 Keys A et al. Journal of Chronic Disease 1972;25:329
Reviewed by: Paul Kleeberg, MD, medical director, Internet/Intranet Services, Allina Hospitals & Clinics
First Published: 08/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 10/04/2004

Ideal weight: How much should you weigh?

 Weight in pounds
 Height in feet
 and inches

 Your ideal weight in pounds

 From:   To:

The ideal weight calculator is designed for an adult with an average body type. It is not designed for pregnant women

The ideal weight calculator is not necessarily indicative of your overall health. It does not take into account your frame (for example, the broadness of your shoulders or the size of your pelvis) or your muscle mass. Bodybuilders will often score as overweight or obese because they have more muscle on their bodies, and muscle is heavier than fat.

If you are concerned about your weight, talk to your doctor. For weight loss and fitness information, visit Eat healthy and Get fit.


Source: Calle EE et al.  New England Journal of Medicine 1999; 341:1097-1105 Keys A et al. Journal of Chronic Disease 1972;25:329
Reviewed by: Paul Kleeberg, MD, medical director, Internet/Intranet Services, Allina Hospitals & Clinics
First Published: 08/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 10/04/2004