Hennepin Bariatric Center: BMI Calculator
What do these numbers mean?
Normal weight (Your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9)
Your healthy weight is well worth the effort. It reduces your risk of serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Overweight (Your BMI is 25 to 29.9)
Consider the benefits of a healthy weight — a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, increased energy and improved self-esteem, for example. Then talk to your doctor about the best weight-loss approach for you.
Obese (Your BMI is 30 or greater)
Obesity is a complex disorder involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity increases your risk of diseases and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
The good news is that even modest weight loss can improve or prevent the health problems associated with obesity. Dietary changes, increased physical activity and behavior changes can help you lose weight. Prescription medications or weight-loss surgery may also be options for treating obesity.
What you can do?
- Embrace healthy eating by choosing a variety of nutrient-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains and small amounts of energy-dense foods like olive oil, nuts and dried fruits.
- Exercise. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense activity daily.
- Set goals focused on specific healthy activities such as improving muscle tone through strength training or starting a daily food and activity diary.
- Consider weight loss surgery if you're concerned about weight-related health problems. See your doctor to evaluate your health risks and discuss your weight-loss options.