Are you at a healthy weight?
See where you stand! It may inspire you to make positive changes.
Am I at a healthy weight? It’s an important question.
One tool doctors use to answer it is called body mass index, or BMI — an estimate of how much body fat you have. It’s based on your height and weight.
Check for yourself!
Calculating your BMI is simple — and you don’t have to do the math! See your BMI right now using this easy tool. The chart in the calculator lets you know if you’re in a normal range.
Note: This calculator is intended for adults age 20 and older. BMI results are interpreted differently for children and teens.
Why it matters so much.
A high BMI raises your risk of some of the leading causes of chronic illness and death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That includes type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
If your BMI isn’t where it should be, discuss it with your doctor. Together, you can decide what next steps are best for you.
There’s good news if you do need to shed some pounds. Even a little weight loss — 5 to 10 percent of your body weight — may help you improve your health, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
It’s worth noting: BMI isn’t perfect.
It doesn’t literally measure fat. So in some cases, it may not be the best way to know if you need to lose weight. For instance, very muscular people, like body builders, may have a high BMI without excess body fat. If you have questions about your BMI, be sure to talk with your doctor.
What to do next
Is it time to see your doctor for a wellness visit? Make that appointment!
What’s right for you? Create a preventive care checklist of items to discuss with your doctor. Be sure to check your benefit plan to see what services and providers may be covered.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention