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Know your Body Mass Index (BMI)

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Body mass index (BMI) is the most common and simplest measure for determining overweight and obesity. BMI assesses an individual's weight given his/her height. BMI is not a direct measure of excess body fat, but it is a good indicator for many people. However, it may overestimate body fat in those who have a muscular build and it may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle.

For adults, a BMI at or above 25 is considered overweight and a BMI at or above 30 is considered obese.

Know Your BMI

Measure your height and weight and determine your BMI using an online Measure your height and weight and determine your BMI using an online BMI calculator.

Based on your BMI, you can determine your weight category:

BMI

Weight Status

Below 18.5

Underweight

18.5 - 24.9

Normal/Healthy Weight

25.0 - 29.9

Overweight

30.0 and Above

Obese

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The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Fact

Two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Weighing too much increases your risk for chronic diseases including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and coronary heart disease.
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