The easiest way to find out if you should be concerned
about your weight is to determine your Body Mass Index or BMI. It
is a number, usually between 16 and 40 that is calculated from your
height and weight. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk.
The BMI categories are: Healthy Weight, Moderately
Overweight and Severely Overweight. These categories are based on
the government's 1998 Clinical Guidelines on the Identification,
Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.
Healthy Weight: Index
Moderately Overweight: Index
Serverely Overweight: Index
Number 30 or Higher
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
BMI values apply to both men and women, regardless
of their frame size or muscle mass. Please note the following exceptions.
BMI doesn't work for:
- Anyone less than 18 years old
- Competitive athletes or body builders
- Pregnant or nursing women
- Frail or sedentary elderly persons
If your BMI indicates that you are either Moderately
Over Weight or Severely Over Weight, you need to start and maintain
a healthy lifestyle as advocated in The Healthy Heart Miracle. Follow
this plan and you will see your BMI drop to
a healthy weight.