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Body Mass Index Calculator

In bariatrics, a Body Mass Index Calculator is an entry level tool used globally to determine a person's obesity level.

  • A BMI of 30-35+ is designated as clinical obesity and can meet criteria for medical help with weight loss.
  • 40+ is life threatening obesity (please contact a bariatric specialist immediately)

Once a BMI is over 35 most medical institutions and some insurance companies will support surgical weight loss as a preventative measure to other life threatening diseases.

A BMI over 40 has been shown to shorten life expectancy by 8-13 years.

The higher the BMI, the higher the obesity level and probability of life threatening conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and many types of cancer.

Please note: It is normal for healthy people (such as muscular athletes) to have a BMI of 25-30. The body mass index calculator results are primarily used to determine obesity for someone considering medical weight loss and should not apply to those living an active, healthy lifestyle with a BMI of less than 30.

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Why Body Mass Index Matters

Although a majority of people are not aware of their BMI or disagree with how the calculation is used, that number is proven to have a profound influence on health and life expectancy.

Studies show that a BMI over 35 can have serious consequences regarding your health. Medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are associated with excess body weight. In turn, heart disease – the number one cause of death in the U.S. – is directly associated with diabetes and hypertension.

Your BMI is literally an indicator of life and death. Shouldn't you pay attention?

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