QOD 53: BMI in an Overweight Patient (Fundamentals/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A 41-year-old patient is being seen at the primary care clinic for a physical exam. The patient is overweight and wants to talk to the nurse about losing weight. Choose the alternative that best explains the calculation of BMI.

Answer:

C.  BMI is a calculation of body fat that is based on weight and height of the patient

Rationale: 

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat that is calculated based on weight and height of the patient. It does not measure body fat directly. The BMI result then classifies the patient according to weight type: whether the patient is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

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