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Measure: Body Mass Index   #570100  About

Definition: Body mass index (BMI) is derived from height and weight measurements. Height is the distance from the top of the participant’s head to the heels of his or her feet (i.e., the vertical length). Current measured weight is the weight in kilograms or pounds of the participant. BMI is calculated through a formula in which weight is divided by height squared.

Purpose: Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat, based on height and weight. Height or stature is used to assess body size and bone length. Current weight is used to assess participant’s growth, development, and current health status. Higher BMI levels are associated with various health-related co-morbidities.


Keywords: Anthropometrics, Anthropometrics Procedure Manual, Anthropometry Manual, Arthritis, Beam Balance, BMI, Body Mass Index, Body Size, Cardiovascular Disease, Calipers, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes, Digital Floor Scale, Frankfort Horizontal Plane, Height, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NHANES, Obesity, Ponderal Index, Standing Height, Stature, Stadiometer, Weight, SAA, Substance Abuse and Addiction

Measure Release Date: February 24, 2012

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