An index for the evaluation of the body weight considering height and gender. The value is calculated by dividing the body weight in kilograms by the square of height in meters.
The desired value for women is between 22 and 25 and for man between 23 and 26.
Higher values mean overweight.
If the values exceed 40, we are dealing with morbid obesity.
As a rule, overweight is one of the risk factors for cardiac disease.