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Knowing What Your
Weight Means
It’s important to be at a healthy
weight. Body Mass Index—or BMI—
and waist size are two numbers that
can help you decide if your weight is
healthy, or if you need to make some
changes. This tip sheet explains how
to find both and what they mean.
Body Mass Index (BMI)

What does your BMI mean?

• BMI of 19 to 24 means you are a healthy
BMI is a measure of how much you weigh compared
to how tall you are. Adults can use the chart below weight. Make it your goal to stay at that way.
to check their BMI. However, children’s BMIs are also
• BMI of 25 to 29 means you are overweight.
based on their age and gender. To find your child’s
Avoid gaining more weight. You may need
BMI—and learn what it means for their health—use
to lose weight. Check with your doctor.
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
calculator at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/. • BMI of 30 or higher means you are obese.
You probably need to lose weight. Lose weight
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