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Body mass excess

Description

The body mass excess with respect to the healthy reference population, HRP, is defined as BME ≝ m/m°. A balanced BME is BME°=1.0. Considering a height of 1.7 m, overweight (BMI=25) is reached at a weight gain of 25 % (BME=1.25); obesity and severe obesity (BMI=30 and 35) are reached at a weight gain of 50 % and 75 % (BME=1.5 and 1.75, respectively).

Abbreviation: BME

Reference: Gnaiger 2019 MiP2019

BME - the body mass excess calculator

» BME calculator
1. Open the BME calculator by clicking here (press Ctrl and left mouse click): BME calculator
2. Click into the field Height, h [m] and enter your height in meters (not cm), using the dot (not the comma) as a separator for decimal places. Example: 1.70
3. Click into the field Body mass, m [kg] and enter your mass (weight) in kilograms (not pounds), using the dot (not the comma) as a separator for decimal places. Example: 63.4
4. Click into the field Click here for results. This activates the caclulator. Results are displayed in the fields below.
1. The Body mass excess, BME is calculated from your height and body mass. Example: 1.1 (With a BME of 1.1 you are 10 % above the reference body mass, which is well within the normal range.) The percentage is calculated as (BME-1)*100.
2. For comparison with a commonly used index, the Body mass index, BMI is calculated from your body mass divided by your height squared. Example: 21.9 (What does this index tell you?)
3. The Reference body mass, m° is calculated from your height and shows the body mass of a person from the healthy reference population of Caucasian origin ('White people') at your height. The relationship between height and body mass differs between ethnic groups. Example: 57.6 (You can compare this reference body mass of 57.6 kg with your measured body mass of 63.4 kg.)
4. The Overweight body mass, m+ and Obese body mass, m++ are calculated from the reference body mass. You can compare these limiting values with your actual body mass. Example: 72.0 (Equal or more than 72.0 kg is rated as overweight for a height of 1.70 m with BME=1.25.); 86.4 (Equal or more than 86.4 kg is rated as obese for a height of 1.70 m with BME=1.50.)
5. If you want to edit your height or body mass entered above, click into the corresponding field, delete the previously entered number, enter the new number, and click into the field Click here for results.

Body mass excess (BME) compared to body mass index (BMI)

• Reference (balanced): BME = 1.0
• Overweight: BME ≥ 1.25
• Obese: BME ≥ 1.5

BME at height 1.2 - 1.4 m BME at height 1.4 - 1.6 m BME at height 1.6 - 1.8 m BME at height 1.8 - 2.1 m 