Defining A Healthy Body Mass Index
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adults. Body fat percentage evidence suggests that men should have a BMI that is approximately 2.3 kg/m² higher than women.
BMI Categories for women:
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
- Overweight = 25-29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that BMI is a screening tool; it is not used to diagnose any medical conditions, but instead, is used as one measure to assess a woman’s weight and her risk for developing certain medical conditions.
To determine if excess weight is a health risk, a healthcare provider will perform further assessments. According to recent guidelines, assessment of weight involves using three key measures:
- Waist Circumference
- Risk factor for diseases and conditions associated with obesity