|30.0 and above||Obese|
There are many factors related to the development of a chronic disease (such as heart disease, cancer). BMI is only one of them. There are other factors that are important to think of when assessing your risk for chronic disease. Here are some of the factors:
- Physical Activity
- Waist Circumference
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar Level
- Cholesterol Level
- Family History of Disease
People who are overweight or obese should not try to gain additional weight and those who are obese or overweight with other risk factors should consider losing weight. For the best way to find out what is right for you, visit your physician for a complete health assessment.
Whatever your BMI may be, visit your doctor to see if you are at an increased risk and if you should lose weight. Remember, even a little weight loss could help lower the risk of disease.
Myths about BMI:
Myth: BMI Measures Body Fat
Since BMI is a calculation of using weight and height only, two people could have the same BMI but a different percentage of body fat. In conclusion, a person with a large muscle mass and a low percent of body fat could have the same BMI as a person who has more body fat.
Myth: BMI is a diagnostic tool
As a person's BMI increases, their risk for diseases may increase as well. Therefore, BMI alone is not diagnostic, it is only one of many risk factors for disease.