- Underweight: BMI is less than 18.5.
- Normal weight: BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.
- Overweight: BMI is 25 to 29.9.
- Obese: BMI is 30 or more.
Additionally, obesity can be classified into three different categories:
- Obesity class 1: BMI 30 to 34.9
- Obesity class 2: BMI 35 to 39.9
- Obesity class 3: BMI 40 or greater
It is important to know that a BMI of 35 or more is also classified as morbid obesity. This means the person has a significant higher probability to develop many of the health conditions directly associated to obesity. The most common ones are heart disease (heart attack and heart failure), high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, gallstones, joint pain/disease, lung problems (sleep apnea), and even cancer. In fact, there are more than 40 health conditions which are associated with obesity.
How to find out? It is easy to calculate your actual BMI. It can be done by using an online calculator like this one: https://reshapeready.com/qualify/ or even a phone app! All you have to do is enter your height and weight and it will give you an immediate answer.
What to do next? If your BMI is greater than 35 it is advisable to talk to your primary physician or a trained Bariatric surgeon about weight loss options. Bariatric (weight loss surgery) is the only scientifically proven method for significant weight loss in the long term. Diet, medications, and exercise are obviously very important, however it is also important to know that more than 90% of patients with a BMI greater than 35 will not achieve significant weight loss with non-surgical methods. This is due to multiple causes including genetic and environmental factors.
If your BMI is over 30 and you are not having success with traditional diet and exercise, call Previty today to schedule a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons to discuss healthy weight loss options. 1.844.PREVITY.