Your BMI

The Body Mass Index originated as a general indicator of body fatness. Because the calculation only takes into consideration a persons height and weight it is open to interpretation if a person is overly muscular - such as athletes or body builders.

That said, for the 'average' person it is a reliable tool.

Use the calculator below to get your BMI measurement.

Crab this BMI widget here

The BMI ranges are based on the relationship between body weight and disease and death. Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including the following;

Dyslipidemia (for example, high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides)
Type 2 diabetes
Coronary heart disease
Gallbladder disease
Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

Hip-to-waist ratio.

Another important, and useful, measurement, is the hip-to-waist ratio (HWR); calculated by measuring the waist circumference (located just above the upper hip bone) and dividing by the hip circumference at its widest part.

Studies show that 80 percent of women over the age of 18 have a WHR of at least 0.9. This is a 40 percent increase since 2002, and it's increasing.

A HWR of 0.7 for women and 0.9 for men have been shown to correlate strongly with general health and fertility. Women within the 0.7 range have optimal levels of estrogen and are less susceptible to major diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and ovarian cancers.

Men with HWRs around 0.9, similarly, have been shown to be more healthy and fertile with less prostate cancer and testicular cancer.