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What is BMI?

The body mass index (BMI) or Quetelet Index is a measure for assessing weight relative to body size of a person.

BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people.

It was developed by Adolphe Quetelet in 1871.

Obesity is a growing problem worldwide and BMI is primarily used as a reference to this danger.

BMI refers to the ratio of weight relative to body surface, estimated from the square of height.

BMI is only a rough estimate because it does not take into account the proportion of adipose tissue and muscle.