How Much Should I Weigh?

What is your Body Mass Index (BMI) and what does it mean?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is the most widely used clinical measurement tool to determine a person’s health risks based on a calculation of their height in relation to their weight.  The higher the BMI number, the higher the risk for developing diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

Use the weight loss calculator below to determine your BMI.  Find your height in the first column and your weight in the top row.  Where those two lines intersect is your BMI, or Body Mass Index.  For example, a person who is 5’4” and weighs 200 pounds has a BMI of 34.

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What does it mean if my BMI is in the red?

What does it mean if my BMI is in the yellow?

What does it mean if my BMI is in the white?

When using the weight loss calculator, remember that BMI is a guideline to assessing your health risks.  There are other factors to take into consideration, such as your muscle mass, body fat percentage, and lifestyle.  At Midwest Weight Control, we have the equipment to measure your body composition and metabolic rate, both important considerations in determining your optimal healthy weight .


*Individual weight loss may be more or less, based on a number of factors.  This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical concerns.  As with any weight loss program, consult your own physician before starting.