BMI is an abbreviation for Body Mass Index. Although BMI does not directly measure body fat, it can give a fairly accurate body fat measurement. Your BMI score can help and your healthcare provider determine if your weight is a health risk.
Ideal BMI Ranges for Men and Women
BMI ranges are the same for both men and women. The BMI range does not change due to body type or age. Everyone over the age of 20 uses the same BMI range table. There are four separate weight ranges –
- Underweight – BMI is below 18.5.
- Healthy or normal weight – BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9.
- Overweight – BMI is between 25 and 29.9.
- Obese – BMI is 30 or more.
Try our Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to evaluate your weight category. BMI is correlated with various metabolic and disease outcome as these are more direct measures of body fatness.
The BMI Calculator is based on 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
Exercise is essential when it comes to weight loss. As with any activity, you should begin slowly and work your way up to more challenging fitness routines. Experts typically recommend low impact cardio exercises like walking or swimming. In addition to aerobic exercises, try to incorporate strength training exercises into your workout routine.
Having an elevated BMI increases your risk of illness and disease. Reducing your weight through diet and exercise decreases your risk of disease. In addition to this, reducing your overall weight increases your energy levels. As your energy levels increase, you will be able to perform more exercise, which will further improve your weight loss efforts, and as you begin to lose weight, you will feel better about yourself and your self-esteem will begin to improve.