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Adapted from: U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; U.S. National Institutes of Health (2000). The Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. (NIH Publication No. 00-4084). Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/prctgd_c.pdf
the chart to locate your height and weight. The shaded regions on the chart
correspond to normal and overweight ranges based on body mass index (BMI). Keep
in mind that this is only a guide. It is not a tool to determine ideal body
weight. It is a tool to help you see whether your weight is increasing your
risk for disease. People who are very muscular or those who have very little
muscle may not get an accurate BMI by using their height and weight alone.
Muscle weighs more than fat, so a muscular person may appear to have a higher
BMI, or a frail, inactive person may have more body fat than is healthy.
For adults 20 years and older:
A clinical diagnosis of
obesity also includes a determination of your waist circumference and risk
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2Purnell JQ (2005). Obesity. In DC
Dale, DD Federman, eds., ACP Medicine, section 3, chap. 10. New York: WebMD.
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March 12, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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