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Your BMI calculator results: What does it mean?

Classification Normal
BMI / Health Index

Your result: Normal weight

Your weight is within the normal BMI range. 

Recommendation
The medical community recommends that you keep your weight within this range.

*This BMI calculator is not applicable if you are below 20 years old. BMI is interpreted differently for children and teens, even though it is calculated using the same formula as adult BMI. Please consult with your healthcare provider for BMI information for under 20s.

Classification
BMI
Underweight Below 18.5
Normal weight 18.5-24.9
Overweight 25-29.9
Obese 30 and above
Class I 30-34.9
Class II 35-39.9
Class III 40 and above

*This BMI calculator is for adults 20 years or older. Talk to your doctor about your BMI if you're under the age of 20.

Tips and advice for you

If your BMI shows that you're in the overweight or obese range, it may be time to make changes so that you can be at a healthier weight. Many things can affect your weight, so you can also try to manage it in different ways. Click on an item below to see what you can do to make a change today.

Nutrition

There is no perfect diet for losing weight. But there are scientifically proven ways of eating that can help you manage weight and prevent the weight from coming back. Focus on managing a healthy weight instead of going to extremes in limiting how much you eat. Here are some examples of diets for obesity treatment:

  • Mediterranean diet
  • High fiber diet
  • Vegetarian diet

Learn more about starting healthier ways of eating and choosing foods for better weight control here.

Mental health

There are many reasons why we gain and manage weight and sometimes, they have to do with how we feel. 

Some people use food to cope with difficult situations and soothe their feelings. Eating to feel better is called emotional eating - and it's the reason why we sometimes need psychological support instead of diet advice. Get a better understanding of how feelings play a big role in managing weight here.

Stress can also change the way that you eat and put you at more risk of developing obesity. Learning to manage the stress in your life is one strategy you can also include in your weight management plan. Get 8 tips for managing your stress and your weight.

Activity

Regular exercise is very important for losing and managing your weight. To make sure that your obesity weight loss programme is as effective as possible, consider adding aerobic and resistance exercises to your routine. You should also move more in general. 

Find tips for getting a good start on a new exercise programme here.

Sleep

Getting too little sleep can affect your hormones, which can then affect how and what you eat. When you sleep better, you're better able to make healthy choices and resist tempting foods. Try these tips to improve your sleeping habits:

  • Create healthy routines around sleeping.
  • Relax before going to bed
  • Make your bedroom a great place to sleep

Learn more about getting the sleep your body and mind need here.

Your obesity health risk

Living with overweight or obesity is associated with an increased risk of mortality and other diseases or conditions. Generally, the higher your BMI, the greater the chance of developing other chronic obesity-related diseases, including:

  • Type II diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)/Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Metabolic syndrome (MetS)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Obstructive sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Various types of cancer: including but not limited to - breast, colon, endometrial, oesophageal, kidney, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Gallstone disease
  • Thrombosis
  • Gout
  • Increased risk of mortality compared to those with a healthy BMI

See the health benefits of losing weight.

Why is BMI important to know?

BMI is a good way to check your risk of diseases related to body fat. Living with overweight or obesity is associated with an increased risk of mortality and other diseases or conditions. Generally, the higher your BMI, the greater the chance of developing other chronic obesity-related diseases, including:

  • Type II diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)/Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Metabolic syndrome (MetS)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Obstructive sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Various types of cancer: including but not limited to - breast, colon, endometrial, oesophageal, kidney, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Gallstone disease
  • Thrombosis
  • Gout
  • Increased risk of mortality compared to those with a healthy BMI

Ask your doctor for more information about any of these diseases and how they relate to your BMI. You can also learn more about the health benefits of losing weight here.

What are the limits of BMI?

BMI is a simple and objective measurement, but it can be misleading in certain cases and for some groups of people. Research has shown that BMI is less accurate in predicting the risk of disease in people who are older, athletes, those who are tall or short, and those with more muscular body types. For example, elite athletes or bodybuilders have more muscle and weigh more, which makes their BMI higher.

BMI also doesn't take into account:

  • Hereditary risk factors associated with obesity-related diseases, such as metabolic syndrome
  • Environmental and lifestyle factors other than obesity that can contribute to your risk of developing chronic disease
  • How body fat is distributed in individuals 

It's important to remember that living with obesity doesn't necessarily mean you're unhealthy, just as being at a ‘normal’ weight doesn't mean you're healthy. Your BMI doesn't define you, but knowing and understanding your BMI can be a powerful tool for taking charge of your own health.

Regardless of your BMI, healthcare professionals recommend having a healthy diet and lifestyle. Talk to your doctor about your weight and health and evaluate what actions may be needed. 

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