BMI is a measure of a person's weight taking into account their height. BMI provides a significantly more accurate representation of body fat
content than simply measuring a person's weight. The calculation for BMI is weight in kilos divided by height in metre’s squared.
This refers to someone who is considered under a healthy weight based on their height. As healthy individuals age, their BMI should increase
until the ages 50 - 65 with a subsequent small decline after. Being underweight can be caused by recent illness or modified diet or can be a sign
of a more serious illness such as cancer, gastrointestinal disorders e.g. Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, or endocrine disorders such as diabetes or hyperthyroidism
Obesity is a condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that a person's health may be negatively affected.
Obesity can be associated with diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease for example heart attack.
As a result, obesity has been found to reduce life expectancy.
The breakdown of BMI categories based on the World Health Organization are:
|18 - 25||Healthy Weight|
|26 - 30||Pre-obesity|
|31 - 34||Obesity Class i|
|35 - 39||Obesity Class ii|
|Over 40||Obesity Class iii|
In Ireland 2 out of 5 people are pre - obese and 1 in 4 people are obese.
Ireland has the 4th highest prevalence of pre-obesity and obesity in men in the EU and the 7th highest prevalence among women.
Please refer to our Height and Weight Calculator for an indication of likely terms available.
Please note that likely acceptance terms are indicative only and cases are subject to full underwriting.