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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:
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.
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