Math formula for Body-Mass-Index (BMI)

Question.  I was wondering:  What’s the formula for measuring a person’s BMI anyway?

Answer.  Thanks for asking.  First, for review,  let’s define Body-Mass-Index, commonly referred to as “BMI”.

BMI is a measurement of the relative percentages of fat and muscle mass in the human body, in which weight is divided by height².  The resulting index is used as a measure of obesity. 

         The formula:  BMI = weight / height²

Thankfully, there are BMI electronic calculators (shirt pocket size) and medical scales that have BMI functions built-in to make obtaining a person’s BMI reading a breeze.  BMI is becoming an increasingly-used index for tracking BMI trends in populations of people, and has also trickled-down increasingly to the popular media level.

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