Pregnant women should also not use BMI to determine if their weight is healthy. BMI is easy to get and it’s a quick way to figure out if a person is prone to developing certain medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and artery diseases. So, while it’s an important tool for medical practitioners, it’s also one that should be used in conjunction with observational skills and critical thinking.
BMI is calculated by dividing a person's weight (in kilograms) by the height in meters (squared), or by multiplying the weight in pounds by 703, then dividing by the height in inches (squared). Some digital scales allow you to put the height in through the keypad and calculate it for you.
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