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Screening for Risk of Health Problems from Obesity


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Screening for Risk of Health Problems from Obesity

Two common ways to help gauge your risk of health problems from obesity are:

“body mass index,” also known as “BMI,”

and waist size.

BMI estimates your body fat by comparing your height to your weight.

You can enter your measurements into a BMI calculator.

Or, your healthcare provider can figure out your BMI for you.

Once you know your BMI, you or your healthcare provider can find it on a chart to see if you are underweight, a healthy weight, overweight, or obese.

BMI for children and teens is called “BMI-for-age.”

BMI-for-age is calculated the same way as adult BMI.

But, the child’s results are compared with growth charts.

Adults can evaluate belly fat by measuring their waist size with a tape measure.

Men with a waist size above forty inches, …

… and non-pregnant women with a waist size above thirty-five inches, may have a higher risk of health problems from obesity.

If you have questions about your risk of health problems from obesity, talk to your healthcare provider.