What is Your BMI?

BMI or Body Mass Index provides fairly accurate estimate if your body weight is in normal range for your height.
Article by Sharon ErdrichAll weight issues affect your health.
Often it is a combination of stressors affecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit that creates the imbalance that lead to a weight disorder. Lifestyle “choices” do not always present a range of options that allow great choices. Work and home environments are not easily changed. The impact of food availability, culture around food plus the nature of time-compressed activities all add considerably to our abilities to change and maintain healthy dietary habits.

Lifestyle patterns of activity (movement and exercise), food choices and eating patterns can all alter your metabolism and create imbalances in the ability to absorb important nutrients and and eliminate waste effectively. Such imbalances need to be addressed in order to lose weight and keep it off!

Classification of Obesity

WHO Classification BMI* Risk of Comorbidity
Underweight Below 18.5 Low
Healthy weight 18.5-24.9 Average
Overweight (grade 1 obesity) 25.0-29.9 Mild increase
Obese (grade 2 obesity) 30.0-39.0 Moderate/severe
Morbid/severe obesity(grade 3) 40.0 and above Very severe

*BMI = weight/height 2

#World Health Organisation

The BMI calculator below is a .exe file that will open in a new window. Click “open” (not “save”) unless you want to save the calculator to your computer. You will need to know your height and weight in either imperial or metric (both measurements must in the same category).

Why should I lose weight?

As BMI goes up, so does the risk for certain conditions including:

Because high BMI is just one factor for increased disease risk, you must also consider these factors to assess your disease risk: