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Body Mass Index

An indicator of body density as determined by the relationship of BODY WEIGHT to BODY HEIGHT. BMI=weight (kg)/height squared (m2). BMI correlates with body fat (ADIPOSE TISSUE). Their relationship varies with age and gender. For adults, BMI falls into these categories: below 18.5 (underweight); 18.5-24.9 (normal); 25.0-29.9 (overweight); 30.0 and above (obese). (National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Year introduced: 1990

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Tree Number(s): E01.370.600.115.100.125, E05.041.124.125, G07.100.100.125, N06.850.505.200.100.175

MeSH Unique ID: D015992

Entry Terms:

  • Index, Body Mass
  • Quetelet Index
  • Index, Quetelet
  • Quetelet's Index
  • Quetelets Index

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