Body Mass Index
How To Chec Your Body Mass Index
One way that overweight and obesity are defined is by using your weight and height to calculate a number called the Body Mass Index or BMI.
- An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
- An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
An adult who has a BMI over 35 is considered severely obese.
Click Here To Find Out Your BMI by inputting your height and weight.
While BMI correlates with the amount of body fat in many people, it doesn’t directly measure body fat. As a result, well-muscled athletes could, by this standard, have a BMI that identifies them as overweight even though they do not have excess body fat. However, a look in the mirror will tell you if your weight is from fat or dense muscle.
No matter what your BMI, if you weigh more than you should, talk to your health professional to see whether you’re at increased risk for certain diseases and whether you should lose weight.
Know that even a small weight loss—between 5 and 10 percent of your current weight—will help lower negative health risks. Learn more about losing weight.