Understanding Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

What is Body Mass Index or BMI: Body Mass Index, or BMI is a statistical measurement of a person’s body weight that is based on both weight and height. It is used as a screening tool to determine what a person’s ideal weight is and also to identify possible weight problems in adults and children.

Know What Your BMI Number Means: A normal BMI falls in the range of 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI below 18.5 is underweight, and a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight.

*A BMI of 30 and above are considered obese and a BMI of 40 or more is identified as morbid obesity.


Calculate Your BMI: Visit www.bmicalculator.org to use the FREE BMI Calculator.


QUICK TIP: BMI ranges are based on the relationship between body weight and disease and death. Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including the following:

  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia (for example, high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

 

Check out these references:
Visit www.cdc.gov for additional information.

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