You’ve probably heard a lot about a tool called body mass index, or BMI. The BMI offers a quick way for assessing your weight relative to your height. While somewhat controversial, in terms of accuracy, you might be curious to find out what your BMI is. The easiest way to calculate your BMI is to use an online calculator; the one provided on the National Institutes of Health website is simple to use. Once you determine your BMI, below indicates your weight classification.
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
- Overweight = 25-29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Another tool to assess your body type is to determine your waist-to-hip ratio. The closer your waist measurement is to the width of your hips, the greater your health risk.