What is BMI Index?

What is Your Body Mass Index?

The health care profession uses a formula called BMI (body mass index), which takes your height and your weight, put in a formula and comes up with your body mass index (BMI). This chart is used to tell if you are of healthy weight, overweight or obese. An Adult with a BMI in the 30 or above range is in the obese category. If your BMI is 40 or higher, this is considered extreme obesity or, more often called morbid obesity, which means you could die from it. If you are above 40 BMI, you are in serious danger of developing more serious illnesses, or you may already be suffering from them. Men who are above 100 pounds overweight and women over 80 pounds are considered morbidly obese.

BMI Results

  • Below 18.5 – Underweight
  • 18.5 – 24.9 – Normal
  • 25.0 – 29.9 – Overweight
  • 30.0 -39.9 – Obese
  • 40.0 and higher – Morbidly Obese