What is the index of corporal mass (IMC)? What means?

The index of corporal mass is a value associated to your weight (in kg) and height (in cm), that calculates of the following way:


The index of corporal mass indicates, statistically, what is the morphology of a person. The interpretation of the IMC depends on the age of the person, grouping them in the categories general (of 18 to 60 years) and geriatrical (more than 60 years). For smaller ages of 18 years it is not a representative index.

In the geriatrical category (more than 60 years), the following values are accepted:

Value Description
<16 Severe undernourishment
16.1 – 18.4 Moderate undernourishment
18.5 – 22 Low weight
22.1 – 24.9 Normal weight
25 – 29.9 Overweight
30 – 34.9 Obesity type I
35 – 39.9 Obesity type II
>40 Obesity type III

You can automatically calculate your index of corporal mass in the section of Recommended Daily Ingestion.