The BMI Chart can be used to compare your weight to other individuals who have the same height as you.
After using the BMI calculator at this website, you can now interpret that value to determine what category of overall fitness best describes you.
Please do no misinterpret the BMI to represent some measure of fat. Although you can arrive at your own conclusions regarding that, there are better measures for fat such as calipers and water submersion.
BMI < 18.5 “Underweight”
Athletes and individuals of a similar genetic makeup – and who lead a healthy lifestyle – would fit in this category. You would not want to diet to put yourself in this range as that could put your health in jeopardy, together with a risk of malnutrition. There are no health benefits in reaching this category.
BMI 18.5 – 24.9 “Normal Weight”
This range is considered the ideal and healthy range for adults. You will have lower risk levels for diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
BMI 25.0 – 29.9 “Overweight / Pre-Obese”
In this range, you have a slightly higher chance of being afflicted with the health issues noted above. Minor but consistent changes in healthy eating, and some level of activity such as walking, elliptical or other workouts can easily reduce your weight and decrease risk.
BMI > 30.0 “Very Overweight / Obese”
In this category you have a seriously elevated risk of diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. You should seek to reduce your weight by 10% through healthy eating, and increased activity or exercise, in order to significantly reduce that risk.
Important BMI Chart Notes:
- BMI tends to get overestimated for athletes and those who have very muscular builds
- BMI tends to get underestimated for aging adults who naturally lose muscle mass with age
- Please see a doctor if you have any questions or concerns
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