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BODY MASS INDEX

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Body Mass Index (BMI) provides objective criteria of size to enable an estimation to be made of an individual’s level or risk of morbidity and mortality. The BMI, which is derived from the extensive data held by life-insurance companies, is calculated by dividing a person’s weight by the square of his or her height (kilograms/ metres2). Acceptable BMIs range from 20 to 25 and any figure above 30 characterises obesity. The Index may be used (with some modification) to assess children and adolescents. (See OBESITY.)

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