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Body Mass Index (BMI)

Your BMI is an estimate of how much body fat you have based on your weight and height. BMI results are split into four categories:

  • Underweight
  • Normal or healthy weight
  • Overweight
  • Obese

Your BMI can tell your doctor if you have a higher risk for certain health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain types of cancer

Lifestyle changes, like an improved diet and daily exercise1,can make a big difference in reducing your risk for health problems. Here are some tips for getting started:

  • Drink water or unsweetened iced tea, instead of sugary drinks.
  • Make healthier lower calorie versions of your favorite meals.
  • Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, like brisk walking.

Ask your doctor about your BMI and how you can reduce your risk for future health problems.

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