What is Your Body Mass Index?
A person's body mass is calculated using a person’s weight and height.
In bariatrics, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is an indicator used globally to indicate a person's obesity level.
- Below 18.5 is underweight
- 18.5 - 24.9 is normal weight
- 25 - 29.9 is overweight
- 30 - 34.9 is obese (BMIs of 35 and above usually qualify for medical weight loss procedures)
- 40+ is life threatening obesity (please contact a bariatric specialist immediately)
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 BMI calculation is 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.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Why Body Mass Index Matters
Although a majority of people are not aware of their BMI, that number has a profound influence on your 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.
- Once the 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.
Your BMI is literally an indicator of life and death. Shouldn't you pay attention?