BMI

A good way to decide if your weight is healthy for your height is to figure out your body mass index (BMI).

A good way to decide if your weight is healthy for your height is to figure out your body mass index (BMI). You and your health care provider can use your BMI to estimate how much body fat you have.

Being obese puts strain on your heart and can lead to serious health problems. These include:

Arthritis in your knees and hips
Heart disease
High blood pressure
Sleep apnea
Type 2 diabetes
Varicose veins

HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR BMI

Your BMI estimates how much you should weigh based on your height.

There are many websites with calculators that give your BMI when you enter your weight and height.

You can also calculate it yourself:

  1. Multiply your weight in pounds by 703.
  2. Divide that answer by your height in inches.
  3. Divide that answer by your height in inches again.

For example, a woman who weighs 270 pounds (122 kilograms) and is 68 inches (172 centimeters) tall has a BMI of 41.0.