Your body mass index (BMI) is a broad way to help determine if you are at a healthy weight for your height. Your BMI can be used as a tool to decide if your weight is putting you at additional risk for health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Obesity is a chronic, neurobehavioral disease that increases your overall health risk and can have a significant impact on your quality of life. You are considered to be obese if your Body Mass Index (BMI) score is 30 or greater. Your BMI score takes into consideration your height-to-weight ratio and can be determined using the following calculation:
BMI = (Weight in pounds x 703)/(Height in inches x Height in inches)
The best way to accurately calculate your Body Mass Index is to visit your doctor. If your doctor determines your BMI is too high or too low, you will discuss resources for weight management and what to do next to remain healthy.
Our Obesity Medicine physicians and Weight Loss Clinic are also available to partner with you to establish health habits that promote long-term health. Learn more about our obesity medicine program and providers today!