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
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!
Stable but mediocre and uninspiring
Tracks your weight, is stable, lets you have more than one profile in case someone in your household doesn't have a device of their own. That's where the good ends. The interface is slow to use, with more taps than necessary, and gives you inescapable little homilies along the way. The tracker graph comes in ugly shades of 1970s Neapolitan ice cream and at such a scale that even a weight loss of over 1kg a week, which is about the healthy limit, looks like you're not moving. Hopelessly unmotivating, I ditched it after giving it a week to win me over. Using Weight Diary instead, which only allows one user but has a much nicer interface and a big graph in the paid version. The NHS one really does look designed by a committee.
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.