BMI is one of the most accurate ways to determine when extra pounds translate into health risks. The higher the BMI, the greater the risk of developing additional health problems. Some common conditions related to overweight and obesity include:
- Premature death
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Some cancers
It is important to remember, though, that weight is only one factor that is related to disease. Other factors that may be important to look at when assessing your risk for chronic disease include:
- Physical Activity
- Waist Circumference
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar Level
- Cholesterol Level
- Family History of disease
Whatever your BMI, talk to your doctor to see if you are at an increased risk for disease and if you should lose weight. Even a small weight loss (just 10 percent of your current weight) may help to lower the risk of disease. Physical activity and good nutrition are key factors in leading a healthy lifestyle and reducing risk for disease.
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The BMI calculator is based on recommendations from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and The Weather Channel makes no representations or warranties as to its accuracy. This calculator is provided for information purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before making any decision based upon the general information presented here.