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Am I Overweight?


Am I overweight?

 

If you know your weight and height, you can calculate your BMI, or Body Mass Index. This is used to calculate the amount of body fat you carry and whether your weight is higher or lower than the health guidelines recommend. This ratio considers your height and weight and compares the percentage to the healthy weight ranges for adults (and children, too.) Calculate your BMI here.

If your BMI is:

-Underweight if your BMI is less than 18.5

-Normal weight if your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9.

-Overweight if your BMI is between 25 and 29.9

-Obese if your BMI is more than 30

(For Adults age 20 and older)*

 

A high BMI means you have a greater risk for certain medical problems like diabetes and heart diseaseBut the BMI number may not be exact. It does not account for the muscle in your body if you are an athlete, for example. Learn more.

 

If you are concerned about your weight, you should see your doctor for an evaluation. Your doctor will examine you for any underlying problems that could be causing weight gain before recommending a plan to improve your health. Regular check-ups with your doctor are an important part of maintaining your weight and staying in good health overall!

 

Finding treatment and support for your health can seem overwhelming, but 211 can help! Search the Healthy Living community resources guide and community calendar to find support near you. 

 

 

Citations:

*http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/Pages/overweight-obesity-statistics.aspx

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/index.htm

https://www.nutrition.gov/weight-management

https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/WeightManagement/Obesity/Obesity-Information_UCM_307908_Article.jsp