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BMI: How to calculate it and what it really means for your health

If you’ve ever had a standard medical exam with your doctor or other healthcare professional, chances are they’ve calculated your BMI. This is a simple formula using your height and weight to determine if you are carrying too much fat.

It’s been a standard way of judging a person’s health since the turn of the 20th century (with tweaks along the way) but while it gives a good overview of a person’s condition, being such a simple test, it is not the full picture and should be looked at alongside other considerations.

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