Off the Charts: Human Body Measurements
In recent blog entries we have been highlighting ways Wolfram|Alpha can compute complex data to be helpful in our everyday lives. Yesterday, we discussed how Wolfram|Alpha can help us track all the good (and not so good) nutrients we put in our bodies. Some indications of how well we may, or may not, be doing in that area are measurements of the human body. Wolfram|Alpha has some easy and fun tools to create general or personalized reports for adults and kids alike. As a reminder, all Wolfram|Alpha medical results are based on statistical data, and are not medical advice.
For adults, Wolfram|Alpha can compute body statistics such as your body mass index (BMI), body surface area, and body measurements based on factors such as age, height, weight, and gender. The results of these computations can give you an understanding of the number of calories your body needs daily; recommended body weight based on your gender, age, and height; typical organ properties such as lung capacity; and more.
Another Wolfram|Alpha tool that will have parents and caregivers returning time and again is childrens’ growth charts. Growth charts are tools United States health care providers began using in 1977 to track the physical development of children. The Wolfram|Alpha growth charts compute data such as a child’s height/length, weight, age, and gender into colorful and easy-to-read charts demonstrating percentiles of their current growth and future projections of adult height and weight. The data is based on standards established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and does not account for individual differences.
Our team of developers who specialize in medical data are always looking to the next useful tool for Wolfram|Alpha users. Currently, they are working on a similar growth-chart tool, one that will allow expecting parents to compute growth projections based on ultrasound measurements. Stay tuned!