Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a tool that helps you measure the amount of body fat you have based on your weight and height. Health care providers have been tasked with making sure you know your BMI, and are aware of lifestyle changes that you can make to ensure your BMI is at a healthy category. If your BMI is over 30, you are considered obese and may be at risk for certain health conditions that are associated with excess body fat.
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- Overweight = 25–29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
While the BMI calculation is an important tool, it does have limitations. It cannot distinguish between muscle and fat mass. A particularly athletic person whose weight is higher due to muscle may have a BMI that indicates that they are overweight, when their weight is simply higher due to muscle mass.
For more information about BMI, obesity, and steps you can take to ensure a healthy weight, please contact St. David’s Bariatric Center at 512-544-LIFE (5433).