As a first step to reshaping your health, we encourage you to learn your Body Mass Index (BMI), defined as a score that relates your body weight to your height. Click here to use this free, painless screening tool for determining your personalized BMI score.
BMI Score Classifications:
Ideal for healthy living: 18.5 – 24.9
Overweight: 25.0 – 29.9
Obese - Class 1: 30.0 – 34.9
Obese - Class 2: 35.0 – 39.9
Obese - Class 3: 40.0 or more
Class 3 obesity is often referred to as "morbid obesity", as this implies that the degree of excess weight in relation to one's height might considerably reduce life expectancy and increase risk for developing chronic conditions or diseases like Diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems, gall stones, stroke, heart disease and psychosocial challenges.
Once you determine your BMI, talk with your doctor about options for reshaping your health. Depending on whether you have other health challenges and risks; whether you have tried medically managed weight loss; and what your BMI score is, together, you and your physician might determine your best options to overcoming the struggle with weight loss.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is an important health measurement and a fairly reliable indicator of body fat for most people taking into account height and weight. Though BMI does not measure body fat directly, research has shown that BMI correlates to direct measures of body fat, such as underwater weighing and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, so BMI can be considered an alternative for direct measures of body fat.
How is BMI used?
BMI is used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems for adults. However, BMI is not a diagnostic tool. For example, a person may have a high BMI, but to determine if excess weight issues warrant surgical intervention, a healthcare provider may need to perform further assessments. These assessments might include skinfold thickness measurements, evaluations of diet, physical activity, family history and other appropriate health screenings.