It is most commonly used in pediatrics.
The ponderal index is variously defined as follows:
|Formula|| Units for mass|
| Units for height|
| Values corresponding to "normal"|
BMI in a 180 cm tall person
|kilograms||centimetres||21.75 to 24.0|
|kilograms||centimetres||2.175 to 2.4|
|pounds||inches||13.92 to 12.49|
|kilograms||metres||10.3 to 13.9|
Ponderal index for discrimination between symmetric and asymmetric growth restriction: Percentiles for neonates from 30 weeks to 43 weeks of gestation
Mar 01, 2006; Abstract Aims. The ponderal index describes body proportionality at birth thus distinguishing symmetric from asymmetric growth...