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Understanding Obesity

Helpful Tools for Measuring Obesity

Obesity is a disease that affects nearly more than one-third of the adult American population (approximately 60 approximately 78 million people). The number of overweight and obese Americans has continued to increase since 1960, with no sign of slowing down. People suffering from clinically severe obesity (generally 100 pounds above their ideal weight) are at high risk of suffering from chronic medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and others. That is why it is important to get your weight under control as soon as possible to avoid any health complications that impact your life.

How do I calculate my body mass index (BMI)?

Your body mass index (BMI) determines the proportion of body fat you have in relation to your height and weight. Click here to help you calculate your BMI.

BMI Weight Status

Below 18.5:        Underweight
18.5 - 24.9:         Normal
25.0 - 29.9:         Overweight
30.0 and Above: Obese

Your BMI is only one way of determining if you are at risk for weight-related health conditions. Call our Healthy 4 Life centers and attend one of our free seminars to find out more about your weight and your health.

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