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Measure Up

2 of every 3 American adults are overweight or obese.

 

How Do YOU Measure Up?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) use a formula called Body Mass Index or BMI to determine the degree of overweight or obesity in a person.  It is a measure of a person’s weight in relation to their height.  BMI is the recommended approach for assessing body fat in the clinical setting. Use the tool below to determine your BMI (for adults over age 18 only):


   
 BMI Category
18.5 - 24.9 Normal Weight
25.0 - 29.9 Overweight
30.0 - 34.9 Obesity: Class 1
35.0 - 39.9 Obesity: Class 2
Greater than or equal to 40 Extreme Obesity

 

 What is Overweight vs Obesity?

Overweight and obesity are standard medical terms used to assess a person’s risk of disease based on their height and weight. Today, 130 million Americans, more than 2/3 of the adult population, are overweight, and another 60 million people are considered obese. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has steadily increased over the years among both genders, all ages, all racial/ethnic groups, all educational levels, and all smoking levels. 

 

If you are overweight or obese:

  • Talk to your doctor about developing a weight loss strategy. 
  • If you are considering weight loss surgery, ask your primary care provider for a referral to BMP - Greenfield Surgery.
  • If you don’t have a doctor, call Baystate Health Link for a referral to a doctor near you, or use our online Find a Doctor tool.