MAILBAG: Am I obese?

Tammy of Grand Haven asked about body weight.
Mark Brooky
Jul 2, 2012


"I've heard these terms about 'obese,' 'overweight,' etc.," Tammy wrote. "How do you figure out if you are in the obese range, overweight range or 'normal' range?"


Doctors use a calculation called the BMI, or body mass index. My doctor has a chart in each of the rooms, so I always check it out when I'm waiting.

According to the numbers, a normal BMI is less than 25. Obesity begins at 30 and in-between is what is considered overweight.

You can calculate yours at Put in your height and your weight (I use my just-woke-up morning weight), and compute yours.

In a recent article, "Know your BMI: Docs urged to screen for obesity," Associated Press health and medical writer Lauran Neergaard says a government panel last week renewed a call for every adult to be screened for obesity during checkups.

"Don't assume your weight's OK if the doctor doesn't bring it up," Neergaard writes. "... Two-thirds of adults are either overweight or obese. Some 17 percent of children and teens are obese, on the road to diabetes, heart disease and other ailments before they're even grown."

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