Right after the holidays when perhaps many of us including cops have gained a few pounds, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will now be requiring all of its members from patrolman to general to meet the standard Body Mass Index (BMI) in order to progress in their career.

Police Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, PNP OIC, announced he will sign an order that will require all police officers to meet the policy on BMI.

Body Mass Index – the body mass index is computed via dividing a person’s weight expressed in kilogram by a person’s height in meters squared (or multiplying the height by itself), or BMI = kg/m².

Thus, if a person weighs 60 kilograms and is 1.65 meters tall (5’5), the BMI is 22.06 which is classified as normal weight category. See below.

It can be recalled that new police recruits must maintain a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 (normal) in order to be part of the police force. Read details below.

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