BMI is a calculation of height and weight that is an indirect measurement of the percentage of fat in the body. It's a more helpful measurement than pounds alone.
Here is a link to a BMI chart and calculator to help you determine your BMI. http://www.cdc.gov/widgets/
A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered to be in the healthy range. A BMI of 25-29.9 puts a person in the overweight category. A BMI over 30 is considered early, or stage I, obesity. Health issues can arise from being overweight or obese, which means that these conditions should be addressed.
A BMI of 40 or above indicates that a person has severe, or morbid, obesity (or, a BMI of 35 and above if a person has certain medical conditions related to their obesity, such as diabetes). This is an extremely serious condition and it means a person's risk of death from any cause will increase by 50%-150%. Bariatric surgery may be a viable treatment option for individuals who are morbidly obese, as it could dramatically improve their health and possibly be life-saving.
You may want to print out your BMI results and bring them to your own healthcare provider, to discuss whether a bariatric surgery consult might be right for you.
We also invite interested individuals to attend our monthly weight loss surgery informational sessions held in our offices at CMMC. LINK TO SEMINARS HERE.