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How Obesity is Measured
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How is obesity measured? 
In recent years, the body mass index (BMI) has become the medical standard used to measure overweight and obesity. It is a height-weight system of measurement that applies to both sexes. It's not a perfect system, because (e.g.) very muscular people may fall into the "overweight" category when they are actually healthy and fit. But it's a useful pointer for most people.

How is Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated?
BMI is found by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by height in meters squared. The mathematical formula is:

BMI = kg/m2.

[Note: To determine your BMI using pounds and inches, multiply your weight in pounds by 704.5, then divide the result by your height in inches, and divide that result by your height in inches a second time.]

Obesity chart

If you don't have time to calculate your BMI exactly, here is a simple chart with approximate obesity levels for people between 5 feet and 6 feet in height.

Your height When you are obese
5 feet 0 inches At 153 pounds
5 feet 1 inch At 159 pounds
5 feet 2 inches At 164 pounds
5 feet 3 inches At 169 pounds
5 feet 4 inches At 175 pounds
5 feet 5 inches At 180 pounds
5 feet 6 inches At 186 pounds
5 feet 7 inches At 191 pounds
5 feet 8 inches At 197 pounds
5 feet 9 inches At 203 pounds
5 feet 10 inches At 209 pounds
5 feet 11 inches At 215 pounds
5 feet 12 inches At 221 pounds

Body Fat Distribution: "Pears" or "Apples"
How much fat you have is one thing. Where the fat is LOCATED is a separate issue. If you carry fat mainly around your waist, you are more likely to develop obesity-related health problems.

Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches, or men with a measurement of more than 40 inches have a higher health risk because of their fat distribution.


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