NHS BMI healthy weight calculator and tracker
By NHS Choices
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This is the official NHS app for measuring body mass index (BMI). It works for adults and children and is the only calculator that uses the Department of Health’s official measurement system. Use it to:
- Measure and track you and your family’s BMI over time
- Set weight loss goals and get tips and advice
- Do quick BMI calculations for others and share via text or email
• Performs BMI calculation for adults and children over two years old
• Tracker functionality allows you to view weight and BMI change over time
• Multiple user profiles - great for managing the whole family’s BMI together
• Performs the same calculation for children as the National Child Measurement Programme
• Quick calculation function - allowing you to perform a one-off calculation for a friend or patient, with ability to share the results via text or email
• A helpful tip each time you enter a new weight
• Advice and information - whether you are underweight, a healthy weight, or overweight
• Reminders can be set to prompt you to track your latest weight
• Goal-setting functionality to help motivate you towards a healthy weight
• Guide area featuring health information and advice, real stories, video and podcasts
• Information on how BMI is calculated
• Ability to password protect individual user profiles
What's New in Version 1.3
Minor interface fixes
Where's the reward?
My issue is that I have worked hard to shift nearly 3 stone getting my bmi down from 31. That's no mean feat as anyone wanting to use this app will tell you. It's been all hard work and sheer determination. So when entering weights into this app it states "you have lost weight since last time but your bmi is still high". Where is the encouragement in that? "Wow, you're doing well"., "keep going and you'll be there in no time". Some encouragement is needed app developers as right now, you app is just a weight recorder that tell you you're still fat no matter how hard you work. If try a different app if you want to feel motivated. If the NHS really want to tackle obesity then this is not the way forward. Think about what will make people want to lose weight and encourage it. Put yourself in our shoes and see what we need to hear when we excited report that we've lost another pound, another stone even. Until this happens, avoid this app unless you want your soul crushed by a heartless app when you should elated by what you're achieving. Keep up the good work no matter what this app says.
I got this app because I didn't want to get obsessed, no chance of that with this app! As others have said pity historical data can't be used. Shame one can't see on the graph the amount of time it might take to get to goal at current weight loss rates. Above a bmi of 25 we all seemed to be lumped in one 'obese' pile, surely it's obvious a person coming out of super obese into just obese, or obese into just overweight needs to know that, because it's a big mile stone in this weight loss challenge of a life. The cold stark same message each week that reads 'you're still obese' after spending the entire week doing really well is a bit disheartening I have to say. Yet I'm going to continue because I don't want to get obsessed and I would like to know my bmi is slowly getting lower. Please nhs to kind to us fatties and react to what your app users are saying we need!
Useful but could be improved
Easy way to track weight changes but could be improved by:
- Being able to set your own goals and see that on the chart
- being able to enter historical weights
- being able to disable the pop-up telling you you are still overweight etc after each weigh in (esp if pregnant!!)
- being able to choose pregnant (as well as adult or child) and no of weeks to know whether pregnancy weight gain is in a healthy range
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Updated: 14 August 2012
- Version: 1.3
- Size: 8.5 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Antbits Ltd.
- © 2011 NHS Choices
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.