Understanding your risk when it comes to your weight

May 16, 2019 by Kerri Maxcy PA-C

A commonly used term in the medical and fitness community regarding weight is the body mass index or BMI.  This is a screening tool to help identify individuals that may be at an unhealthy weight.  A calculation uses your height and weight to determine your BMI and weight category (underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese). 

Healthcare providers will use your BMI, along with consideration of your diet and exercise habits, family history, personal health history, and other risk factors to determine whether you may benefit from losing weight.  BMI alone does not always indicate that you are at an unhealthy weight, as it does not factor in lean muscle mass, but can be a helpful screening tool.

The following are the different weight categories and their associated BMI:
Underweight – BMI below 18.5
Normal Weight – 18.5-24.9
Overweight – 25.0-29.9
Obese – 30 and above

To calculate your BMI and determine your weight category, click on the link below and enter your height and weight.
https://www.cdc.gov/…/english_bmi_calcu…/bmi_calculator.html

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