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Hi Rebecca,

age is not a factor in the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is strictly a calculation of the relationship between height and weight.

There are other tables that set a relationship between percent body fat and age (see here for an example http://www.apft-standards.com/malebodyfat.html). The greatest shortcoming for the BMI is that lack of consideration of bodyfat. There are examples of people with ideal weight being over-fat, whereas athletes with ideal body fat percentage can be classified as overweight.

Karin Singleton

www.meltnc.com

age is not a factor in the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is strictly a calculation of the relationship between height and weight.

There are other tables that set a relationship between percent body fat and age (see here for an example http://www.apft-standards.com/malebodyfat.html). The greatest shortcoming for the BMI is that lack of consideration of bodyfat. There are examples of people with ideal weight being over-fat, whereas athletes with ideal body fat percentage can be classified as overweight.

Karin Singleton

www.meltnc.com

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Karin has some great points.

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While your age doesn't effect your BMI, people do tend to gain weight as they age if they are not living a healthy lifestyle. And that would alter BMI.