Putting Weight in Context
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of weight that takes height into account. After all, a 5’3” tall person who weighs 180 pounds is not the same as a 6’3” person who weighs the same. (The first is obese; the second a healthy weight.)
In essence, BMI is how doctors give your weight context and medical meaning. It has been shown to correlate with body fat, which is tied to disease outcomes.
Knowing your BMI is an important first step to understanding whether you have obesity, and if so which treatment options may be right for you. Not sure of your BMI? Use our quick-and-easy calculator, below.