American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A measurement of the relative percentages of fat and muscle mass in the human body, in which mass in kilograms is divided by height in meters squared and the result used as an index of obesity.
- n. a statistical measure of the weight of a person scaled according to height, used to estimate if a person is underweight or overweight. BMI units are defined as ≈ .
- n. a measure of someone's weight in relation to height; to calculate one's BMI, multiply one's weight in pounds and divide that by the square of one's height in inches; overweight is a BMI greater than 25; obese is a BMI greater than 30
“The fit-or-fat debate takes a humorous turn when you consider the body mass index of top athletes culled from official team and Olympic websites.”
“Morbid obesity is generally defined as a body mass index of greater than 40, although some centers offer bariatric surgery for individuals with body mass index greater than 35 when their condition is complicated by significant weight-related illnesses such as diabetes or sleep apnea.”
“In another study, researchers in the Netherlands found that depressed, overweight individuals had more body image and eating concerns, lower self-esteem, and a higher body mass index BMI than nondepressed obese participants.”
“I can’t tell you how many times a healthy-appearing, athletic individual has told me that he or she needs to lose weight because of a body mass index over 25.”
“If you use body mass index too strictly, “fit” can actually appear “fat,” due to the effect of higher-density muscle on the measurement.”
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