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Weight Management

What Is BMI?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is important to know what your BMI does and does not indicate about your weight, health and lifestyle choices. Your BMI is calculated from your height and weight and is a fairly reliable indicator of body fat for most adults. BMI is only one of many factors that you and your healthcare provider should use in evaluating your overall health.

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important and may help prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk of developing serious health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, and certain cancers. Maintaining a healthy weight may help lower your risk for developing certain health problems, help you feel good about yourself, and give you more energy to enjoy life.