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Health Assessments - Calculate Your BMI

Assessing your own risk for overweight and obesity is the first step in adopting a healthier lifestyle or ensuring that you are on the right track. Check here for a Body Mass Index Calculator and Waist Circumference Measures, as well as, definitions for moderate and vigorous activity and to find out how much you should be eating in a day.

 
 
BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 Normal
25.0 - 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

Body Mass Index is commonly used to assess one’s relative risk for health problems related to excess overweight and obesity. BMI is calculated using a person’s height and weight.

BMI measurements are widely used and the correlation of BMI and body fatness is fairly strong. However, they do have some limitations. A BMI score is not a direct measure of fatness. It is a measurement based on weight which accounts for both muscle and fat. It does not account for muscle mass, water retention, or body build. For example, a body builder would have a higher BMI (based on height and weight) but not be overweight.

Use the Official CDC BMI Calculator at CDC.gov

How much do I eat a day?

Estimated daily calorie intake is based on an individual's age, gender, and activity level (sedentary to active). Most of today's nutritional values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet; however, for most of us, we vary from this value.

Calorie Range
Sedentary Active
Children
2-3 years 1,000 1,400
Females
4-8 years 1,200 1,800
9-13 1,600 2,200
14-18 1,800 2,400
19-30 2,000 2,400
31-50 1,800 2,200
51+ 1,600 2,200
Males
4-8 years 1,400 2,000
9-13 1,800 2,600
14-18 2,200 3,200
19-30 2,400 3,000
31-50 2,200 3,000
51+ 2,000 2,800
MyPyramid.gov - For Professionals

Sedentary means a lifestyle that includes only the light physical activity associated with typical day-to-day life.

Active means a lifestyle that includes physical activity equivalent to walking more than 3 miles per day at 3 to 4 miles per hour , in addition to the light physical activity associated with typical day-to-day life.

Waist Circumference

In addition to Body Mass Index, individual waist circumference can be a good predictor of body fatness and risk for chronic diseases. Research has shown that abdominal fat (fat in your mid-section) is a good predictor of risk for obesity-related diseases.

The following information will help you measure and determine your waist circumference.

Measuring Tape Position for Waist (Abdominal) Circumference
Measuring Tape Position for Waist (Abdominal) Circumference Image
Obesity Education Initiative Electronic Textbook - Treatment Guidelines

Females
Increased risk of health problems if waist measurement is > 35 inches.

Males
Increased risk of health problems if waist measurement is > 40 inches.