Body Mass Index is often used by healthcare professionals in order to determine whether or not the patients are overweight, underweight, or clinically obese. The obese people tend to develop diseases like hypertension, high level of cholesterol, respiratory problems,
Severe cancers sleep apnea and stroke.
However BMI has some drawbacks, i.e., the measurement that it provides is without considering the body fat content, height, muscle tissues and bone density. An athlete might have a higher BMI than that of a couch potato. Hence, BMI may always not depict the correct result.
BMI can be calculated in two different ways, i.e., the metric system and the imperial system.