Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Body Mass Index

Mathematical indication of the relative weight-for-height of a person. BMI is calculated in several ways; one is {mass in kg/(height in m)2}. High BMI scores indicate greater weight-for-height, or people with a relatively small surface area for height, and potentially greater body fatness. Low BMI scores indicate the opposite result and effect. This index was developed by the Belgian astronomer Quetelet in 1870. Aka Quetelet’s index.

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