Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. Research has shown that BMI correlates to direct measures of body fat.
It is now clear that both being overweight and obesity can lead to a shorter life and many life-threatening health problems, known as co-morbidities. Recent studies show that the risk of an early death for those struggling with obesity is twice that of a non-obese person.1 With weight loss management, there is a better chance for enjoying good health and a longer life.
Using this chart, determine your BMI by locating your height and weight. The standard weight status categories associated with BMI ranges identified in the chart for adults are shown in the following table.
18.5 - 24.9
25.0 - 29.9
30.0 and Above
What are the health consequences of overweight and obesity for adults?
The BMI ranges are based on the relationship between body weight and disease and death.2 Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including the following3:
ÃÆÃÆÃâÃâÃÆÃâÃâÃÂ» Elevated LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides
ÃÆÃÆÃâÃâÃÆÃâÃâÃÂ» Type 2 diabetes
ÃÆÃÆÃâÃâÃÆÃâÃâÃÂ» Coronary heart disease
ÃÆÃÆÃâÃâÃÆÃâÃâÃÂ» Gallbladder disease
ÃÆÃÆÃâÃâÃÆÃâÃâÃÂ» Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
ÃÆÃÆÃâÃâÃÆÃâÃâÃÂ» Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
Dedicating yourself to effective weight management is necessary for better health. Find that treatment begins with learning how weight affects you.
At Smart for Life Weight Management CentersTM, we work with you to better manage your weight- and your life.
1. Mei Z, Grummer-Strawn LM, Pietrobelli A, Goulding A, Goran MI, Dietz WH. Validity of body mass index compared with other body-composition screening indexes for the assessment of body fatness in children and adolescents. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2002;7597-985.
2. World Health Organization. Physical status: The use and interpretation of anthropometry. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization 1995. WHO Technical Report Series.
3. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults