BMI (Body Mass Index)

Knowledge is Power!

Do you know your Body Mass Index (BMI)?

If not, be sure to use the handy BMI calculator on this site, courtesy of the CDC.

Just scroll down past the comment section and then plug in your height and weight.

What do the numbers mean?
If your BMI is below 18.5, you are underweight.

If your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, you are normal weight.

If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you are overweight.

If your BMI is between 30 and 34.9, you are considered to be class I obese.

If your BMI is between 35 and 39.9, you are considered to be class II obese.

If your BMI is 40 or above, you are considered to be class III obese (also known as "super obesity," a medically dangerous situation.)
--From Obesity (Wikipedia)
If you fall into one of the three obesity categories, then you should consult with your doctor for a plan of action.

Your physician can refer you to an obesity specialist who can perform more precise BMI/Weight calculations and develop a program customized for your needs.

The NIH has a great BMI calculator; however, be aware that such calculators can offer you only a rough approximation.

The important thing to remember: No matter your BMI, don't beat yourself up over it.

If your BMI is too low or high, just work on getting it into the normal range, simply because it's important to your physical and mental well being!

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