Ponderal index

Ponderal indexThe ponderal index is somewhat comparable to Body mass index, but gives a more fair comparison between individuals of different stature.


1. Measure weight and height and enter values.


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Ponderal index is calculated as weight divided by height raised to the power of 3.

Ponderal index = kg / (m x m x m)



Dimensional analysis and theory of biological similarity.
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Der Index der Körperfülle als Maß des Ernährungszustandes
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#8 Wilbert 2014-03-17 06:53
Quoting Carl:
Thank you for providing the Ponderal index calculator, just a quick comment to say that the units in the weight should be kg (kg with a small case "k" and not Kg).

Technically, the units used for weight should be Newtons (N). The quantity should be mass instead of weight if we want to use kilograms.
#7 Carl 2012-09-01 11:02
Thank you for providing the Ponderal index calculator, just a quick comment to say that the units in the weight should be kg (kg with a small case "k" and not Kg).
#6 Jennifer Vanderputten 2011-11-07 21:49
Do you have plans for making a ponderal index calculator for children shorter than 4'11"? Or if this calculator doesn't apply to children at all, then one for children specifically?
#5 Morten Z 2010-09-24 22:40
Paul -> yes, that is the formula. We will very soon update this calculator with the option to use imperial units. (Why couldn't we not just all agree to use SI-units ;-)
#4 paul 2010-09-24 06:29
Formula: like density: mass divided by volume (height x height x height)

The Index is for international units. For imperial units and other local units like stones and handwidth you need to translate them.
#3 sh-jahanian 2010-05-22 16:44
I'm student in ms.midwifery
I need ponderal index with thesis
do yau have formula or chart ponderal index with infant?
thank's alot
#2 MK 2010-01-08 20:00
Try searching "pondural" instead of "ponderal." I don't know why this is, but there seems to be a spelling change between the literature and lay use.
#1 Søren DK 2009-10-22 16:17
Hello Morten
I want to know why there are no article references on the topic, ponderal index?

vh Soren (DK)

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