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Are You at Risk of Obesity Related Diseases?

You could be at risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.  To determine if you are at risk calculate your body mass index and measure the size of your waist.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI is a more accurate measurement of body fat and health risks than your bathroom scale or standard height-and-weight tables. BMI relates your body weight to health risk associated with being overweight.

To calculate your BMI using the following method:

Step l: Multiply your height by your height (in inches).

Step 2: Divide your weight (in pounds) by the above result.

Step 3: Multiply that answer by 703.

The resulting number is your BMI.

Or you can View and Print Body Mass Index Chart

BMI Results


below 18.5


between 18.5 and 24.9

healthy weight

between 25 and 29.9


30 or above


Waist Measurement

Extra weight that settles about your waist puts you at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. If you have a pear shape - large buttocks, hips and thighs - you probably have lower health risks than someone with an apple shape - a large abdomen. Your waist measurement will reveal if you're an apple or a pear.

To measure your waist, find the highest point on each hipbone and measure around your body just above those points.

For women, a waist measurement of more than 35 inches is associated with
higher health risks.

For men, a waist measurement of more than 40 inches is associated with higher
health risks.

Assessing Your Health Risk

Using your BMI measurement and your waist measurement as guides, you can assess your risk of obesity-related diseases.

Obesity-Related Risk of Disease
Your Waist Measurement
women: 35" or less
men: 40" or less
women:more than 35"
men: more than 40"
Overweight 25 to 29.9 increased risk high risk
Obese 30 to 34.9
35 to 39.9
high risk
very high risk
very high risk
very high risk
Extremely Obese 40 or over extremely high risk extremely  high risk

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The information contained on this web site is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical care. All material provided in this web site is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health program.

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