body mass index

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body mass index

[¦bäd·ē ¦mas ‚in·deks]
(medicine)
An estimation of the amount of fat stored in adipose tissue that can be calculated by dividing the body weight in kilograms by the square of the height in meters. Abbreviated BMI.
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First, a few words about Body Mass Index (BMI), also sometimes called the Quetelet Index. Devised in the mid-1800's by the Belgian polymath.
Table 4: Mean Haemoglobin level and Mean Quetelet index in Hb AA and Hb AS students Electrophoretic No.
This fact is also proved to be true by the following: when assessing an individual risk, 94.3% of the respondents do not measure the Quetelet index, and therefore do not give any recommendations as to overweight correction.
The body mass index (or Quetelet Index) is the statistical measure which compares a person's weight and height by the following formula [10, 12]: BMI = (weight in kg) / (Height in [m.sup.2]).
Ancel Keys published a comparison of various height-weight formulas in 1972 and found the Quetelet Index correlated best among height-weight formulas compared to more direct measures of the body's fat percentage.
He established a simple measure for classifying people's weight relative to an ideal weight for their height-the body mass index (or Quetelet index) (see Eknoyan, 2008).