BMI Calculator

runs on Mac
screenshot of BMI Calculator

You can't watch the news without seeing a story about the epidemic of obesity plaguing the country. Whether it's a result of just sitting still too long, absorbed by TV, video games, and the Internet, or it comes from supersized everything—or a combination of both—the fact is we tend to be bigger and less active, and it's not good for our health. There are lots of ways to try to quantify the problem, but one of the more often used indices is the Body Mass Index (BMI).

BMI is calculated as a function of your height and your weight—specifically, it's the ratio of your weight in kilograms to the square of your height in meters. If you're a math whiz, you can probably do the math in your head; if you're a normal person, that may not be so easy. Having a tool to give you a hand with the math wouldn't be such a bad deal

BMI Calculator is one such tool. It lets you enter height and weight data in American-style feet-and-inches, SI-style meters and grams, or you can go old school and enter Imperial data, where you get to express your weight in stones. No matter how you get the numbers in there, you'll get back your BMI.

As a general rule, you want your BMI to fall somewhere in the range of 19 to 22. If you go above 25, your risk of health-related problems may increase. Remember that BMI is only one indicator, and that you'll want to look at blood pressure, cholesterol level, and other variables as well. And of course, you should consult with your healthcare provider before making any dramatic change in your exercise or diet.

BMI Calculator is a free Mac application. It runs under OS X, versions 10.2 or later.

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One Response to “BMI Calculator”

  1. Adam says:

    why download something (even if it is free) if there are sites online that can do this? 🙂

    It boggles my mind 😉 Atleast it’s free hah, I wouldnt pay for it 😉