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Body mass index
Body mass index (BMI) is a method that can be used to estimate whether you are a healthy weight. Being overweight puts strain on your heart and can lead to serious health problems. These problems include type 2 diabetes , heart disease, high blood pressure , sleep apnea , varicose veins, and other chronic conditions. More than 300,000 lives could be saved in the U.S. each year if everyone maintained a healthy weight!
BMI assesses your weight compared to your height. A healthy BMI for an adult generally falls between 18.5 and 25. If your BMI is more than 25, you are probably overweight. If it is 30 or higher, you are considered obese, and 40 or higher, extremely obese.
HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR BMI
Update Date: 4/8/2003A.D.A.M. editorial.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT