body mass index

noun

Definition of body mass index

: a measure of body fat that is the ratio of the weight of the body in kilograms to the square of its height in meters

Examples of body mass index in a Sentence

A person with a body mass index of more than 30 is considered to be obese.
Recent Examples on the Web Under current state requirements, students in grades five, seven and nine are required to take a physical fitness test, which includes the one-mile run, curl-ups, push-ups and a measure of body mass index. Alicia Lee, CNN, "California may stop school fitness tests over fears they lead to bullying and body-shaming," 6 Feb. 2020 Through CVS’ Project Health program, a few pharmacies are offering free health screenings for body mass index, blood pressure, glucose, total cholesterol and consultations. Rachel K. Hindery, chicagotribune.com, "Free health screenings offered in western suburbs," 8 Nov. 2019 Testing will be available for those with underlying conditions such as diabetes and those with a body mass index (BMI) over 30. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Coronavirus in Indiana: What we learned Monday from the governor's news conference," 6 Apr. 2020 And the health benefits were seen no matter a participant's body mass index, blood pressure or cholesterol. Marissa Cruz Lemar, chicagotribune.com, "Never exercised? It’s not too late to take steps toward an active life.," 21 Oct. 2019 But after controlling for gender, age, smoking, body mass index, diet and multiple other factors, only step counts were linked to mortality risk. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Stuck Inside? Keep Walking," 1 Apr. 2020 Similarly, nutritional labels have had little effect on consumers’ food intake and body mass index. Dana Goldman, The Conversation, "Obesity, second to smoking as the most preventable cause of US deaths, needs new approaches," 27 Jan. 2020 The study found that belly fat was associated with heart attacks and stroke independent of other risk factors like smoking, diabetes, hypertension, body mass index and prevention treatments. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Your waist size may be more important than weight for multiple heart attack risk," 20 Jan. 2020 In their analysis, the researchers ruled out factors that could have explained the association, including estrogen levels, education, body mass index (BMI), race, smoking habits and when a woman first started her period. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Less sex linked to an earlier menopause, study finds," 14 Jan. 2020

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Body mass index.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/body%20mass%20index. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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body mass index

noun

English Language Learners Definition of body mass index

: a measurement that shows the amount of fat in your body and that is based on your weight and height

body mass index

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Medical Definition of body mass index

: a measure of body fat that is the ratio of the weight of the body in kilograms to the square of its height in meters a body mass index in adults of 25 to 29.9 is considered an indication of overweight, and 30 or more an indication of obesity abbreviation BMI

called also Quetelet index

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