How to Calculate Your BMI

Body mass index (BMI) is calculated by a formula that uses your weight and height.  The BMI is a way to determine if you are at risk for obesity related diseases such as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, heart attacks or strokes.  75% of people with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome are above their ideal body weight.

Ten easy steps to find your BMI

Step 1: Empty your bladder

Step 2: In a private locations, remove your shoes and clothes

Step 3: weight yourself in pounds

Step 4: Stand against a wall and put one hand on top of your head. Move your hand toward the             wall until your fingertips just barely touch the wall. Mark the spot lightly with a pencil.

Step 5: Measure the distance from the floor to the mark on the wall.  Record the number of feet             and the number of inches. This is your height. For example 5 feet 7 inches

Step 6: To calculate BMI, click here --> Adult BMI Calculator 

Step 7: input your height in feet and inches in the space provided

Step 8: input your weight in the space provided

Step 9 Select calculate

Step 10: Congratulations! A page with details about your BMI and suggestions appears.

If your BMI is 18.5 to <25 you have a normal BMI. If your BMI is 25 to 29.9 you are overweight.  If your body mass is over 30, your are obese.

Obesity is frequently subdivided into 3 categories: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3.

Class 1: BMI of 30 to < 35

Class 2: BMI of 35 to < 40

Class 3: BMI of 40 or higher. Class 3 obesity is sometimes categorized as “extreme” or              severe” obesity.