Body Mass Index Measurement

Often, people feel they need to lose a drastic amount of weight, when in fact their weight is at a healthy level.

The best advice is to visit your Physician who can perform a complete physical and let you know if he or she has any concerns with your weight.

Often, we can have a misguided image as to what is healthy weight due to the extreme slim images we are bombarded with in the media each day. In fact, the average North American women are five feet 4 inches and weighs 138 pounds.

Consider taking your body mass index (BMI), which can help you determine if your weight is within a healthy range. Below is a BMI chart and directions on how to determine your own BMI.

· The chart on the next page has completed the math formulas and metric conversions. To use this table, find your appropriate height in inches in the left hand column. Most across the row to the given weight. The number at the top of the column is your BMI for your height and weight.

o If your BMI is less than 19, you are considered underweight, which can have negative health implications.

o If your BMI is 19-24.9, you're in the normal range.

o If your BMI is 25 – 29.9, you are considered overweight and have an increased risk of associated disease.

o If your BMI is 30 – 34.9, you are considered in the obese range and have a high risk of associated disease.

o If your BMI is 35 – 39.9, you are considered in the obese range and have a very high risk of associated disease.

o If your BMI is over 40, you are classified as obese with an extremely high risk of associated disease.

Body Mass Index

BMI

(kg/m2)

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

35

40

Height

(in.)

Weight (lb.)

58

91

96

100

105

110

115

119

124

129

134

138

143

167

191

59

94

99

104

109

114

119

124

128

133

138

143

148

173

198

60

97

102

107

112

118

123

128

133

138

143

148

153

179

204

61

100

106

111

116

122

127

132

137

143

148

153

158

185

211

62

104

109

115

120

126

131

136

142

147

153

158

164

191

218

63

107

113

118

124

130

135

141

146

152

158

163

169

197

225

64

110

116

122

128

134

140

145

151

157

163

169

174

204

232

65

114

120

126

132

138

144

150

156

162

168

174

180

210

240

66

118

124

130

136

142

148

155

161

167

173

179

186

216

247

67

121

127

134

140

146

153

159

166

172

178

185

191

223

255

68

125

131

138

144

151

158

164

171

177

184

190

197

230

262

69

128

135

142

149

155

162

169

176

182

189

196

203

236

270

70

132

139

146

153

160

167

174

181

188

195

202

207

243

278

71

136

143

150

157

165

172

179

186

196

200

208

215

250

286

72

140

147

154

162

169

177

184

191

199

206

213

221

258

294

73

144

151

159

166

174

182

189

197

204

212

219

227

265

302

74

148

155

163

171

179

186

194

202

210

218

225

233

272

311

75

152

160

168

176

184

192

200

208

216

224

232

240

279

319

76

156

164

172

180

189

197

205

213

221

230

238

246

287

328



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