BODY MASS INDEX
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a weight-to-height standard. The BMI value is related to the body fat content of most individuals. Hence, an individual with a high BMI is considered to be "over-fat" and therefore at risk of developing conditions and/or medical problems associated with obesity. These medical problems include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease (stroke), osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease and respiratory problems.
Limitations of BMI
BMI values are markers for health risks. When values suggest health risks, further screening should be conducted to assess cardiovascular risk, fat distribution, activity levels, dietary patterns and other health problems.
ARE YOU AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING TYPE 2 DIABETES, HYPERTENSION AND/OR CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES (STROKE)?
Calculate your BMI. Enter your weight in pounds, height in
feet and inches, waist size in inches and gender.
Consult the table to assess your risks.
Reference: The Practical Guide -- Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, NIH Publication No. 00-4084, October 2000.
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