The BMI Chart (Body Mass Index Chart) should be used to assess your relative fitness as compared to others of your height.
Please do not interpret these values as a measure of body fat. For example, very muscular individuals will weigh more at a given height and obviously have less body fat.
For the vast majority of individuals, the chart below will be extremely helpful in assessing your overall fitness, and determining if any action is needed.
Important notes to help you interpret these value ranges are immediately beneath the BMI chart.
BMI < 18.5 “Underweight”
For an athlete such as a competitive runner, this range may be considered normal. Please keep in mind that a normal individual would not want to diet to arrive in this range, and doing so could put you in risk of malnutrition.
BMI 18.5 – 24.9 “Normal Weight”
This is considered the optimal healthy range for adults. You are at the lowest level of risk for diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
BMI 25.0 – 29.9 “Overweight / Pre-Obese”
In this range you have a slightly higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Individuals in this range should consider exercise and dietary improvements to reduce weight and minimize any health risks.
BMI > 30.0 “Very Overweight / Obese”
You have a greatly increased risk for diabetes, heart disease and hypertension in this range. A lifestyle change is seriously required to become healthy. A 10% reduction in weight will greatly help to minimize these health risks.
Important BMI Chart Notes:
The BMI Chart can overestimate the BMI value in athletes or those with muscular builds.
The BMI Chart can underestimate the BMI value in seniors who tend to lose muscle mass with aging.
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