According to the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP), BMI—a measurement of height and weight—is the gold standard for measuring obesity.
The BMI is calculated by:
- multiplying body weight in pounds by 700
- dividing the result by height in inches
- dividing that result by height in inches once more
Denise Bruner, MD, president of the ASBP, says a BMI of 18.5 to 25 is considered a healthy weight. However, a BMI of 25 to 30 is considered overweight.
“A BMI of 30 or higher indicates obesity,” says Bruner.
So, if a man is 5’10” tall and weighs 188 pounds, he would have a BMI of 27, placing him in the “at-risk” category. If the same man, however, lost 14 pounds and weighed 174 pounds, he would have a BMI of 25.
Additional information can be found on ASBP’s Web site at www.asbp.org.