Weight Loss Home > Obesity Chart

Research has determined that calculating body mass index (BMI) is an accurate method for measuring a person's amount of body fat. BMI is a mathematical formula that uses a person's height and weight. To make it easier, the BMI results are put into an obesity chart that can be used by anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or ethnicity.

What Is the Obesity Chart?

Nearly two-thirds of adults in the United States, or about 130 million adults, are overweight (defined as a BMI between 25.0 and 29.9). Nearly 61 million of those adults are obese (defined as a BMI greater than or equal to 30).
Research on obesity has shown that an accurate measure of the amount of body fat is a test called body mass index (BMI). BMI does not measure body fat directly, but it does closely correspond to direct measures of body fat.
BMI uses a mathematical formula that takes into account a person's height and weight. The BMI formula equals a person's weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (BMI=kg/m2). To make it easier to calculate a person's BMI, the possible variations of height and weight have been put into an obesity chart. This same chart can be used by anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or ethnicity.
(The obesity chart is more commonly referred to as a BMI chart because it can determine weight status in general, not just whether someone is obese.)
Besides a chart, other ways of measuring BMI include the BMI calculator or the BMI formula.
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation




Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2018 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.