Monday, April 18, 2011

BMI in your Report Cards..

Moving to check child obesity, schools across Malaysia have started grading children on their weight along with academic performance.
Effective immediately, school report cards will now include the student's body mass index (BMI) as a way for teachers to monitor the student's health, Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.
Lai said the measure had been adopted to keep parents abreast of their children's health and to let them know whether their kids were overweight or obese.
The decision reached during a Cabinet meeting earlier this month follows the government ban on school cafeteria from selling junk foods and sugar laden soft drinks.
"The BMI will indicate if the child is overweight or obese. If the child is overweight, the teacher will advise the parents to get help from the nearest clinic," the minister said. 
Liow said the measures were necessary because of the increase in the number of obese and overweight children.
Malaysia is currently ranked sixth among Asian countries and first in Southeast Asia for a high percentage of obese citizens.
Though the measure has been widely hailed by the parents, but it appears school children would have another reason to dread the report card.

Good move....  Now let's see how to calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index).

The BMI formula

BMI Formula Developer - Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet.
Adolphe Quetelet
1796 -1874
The Body Mass Index(BMI) formula was developed by Belgium statistician Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874), and was known as the Quetelet Index. BMI is also referred to as 'body mass indicator'. BMI is an internationally used measure of obesity.
How to calculate BMI - for users who wish to manually calculate BMI we have provided a bmi formula for both imperial & metric measurements (we also offer an online BMI Calculator).
Body mass index calculation is very straightforward. Calculating body mass index requires only two measurements, height & weight.

Imperial BMI Formula

The imperial bmi formula accepts weight measurements in pounds & height measurements in either inches or feet.
1 foot = 12 inches
inches² = inches * inches

Table: Imperial BMI Formula
( lbs/inches² )
(weight in pounds * 703 )
height in inches²

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

Table: Metric BMI Formula
( kg/m² )
weight in kilograms
height in meters²

Calculate BMI & Find Weight Status

Table: BMI Weight Status Categories
BMI   Weight Status
Below 18.5   Underweight
18.5 -24.9   Normal
25 - 29.9   Overweight
30 & Above   Obese

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