Overweight Body Mass Index

Dr. Ronald Tolchin, Medical Director at Baptist Center for Spine Care, explains to consider someone is overweight, doctors can’t just use absolute weight as a criteria. “You need to look at their height, and their weight together, and we call that measurement BMI or body mass index,” he says.

He explains if someone weighs 200 pounds, and is 6 feet 5, that weight might be okay; but if the person is 5 feet 8, that would not be okay. You can know your body mass index calculating your height divided by your weight squared: “We call overweight is that calculation is 25 to 29.9, if you’re less than 25 you’re considered normal.”

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