Diagnosing Overweight and Obesity

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Diagnosing Overweight and Obesity
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Weight - measured with underwear but no shoes
Body Mass Index
for Adults
First, find your height on the far left column. Next, move across the row to find your weight. Once you’ve found your weight, move to the very top of that column. This number is your BMI.
18.5 - 24.9
25.0 - 29.9
30.0 - 39.9
40.0 and above
Extreme obesity
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. www.nhlbi.nih.gov
The most common way to find out whether you’re overweight or obese is to figure out your body mass index (BMI). BMI is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that occur with more body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk of disease. BMI is calculated from your height and weight.