BMI is a screening tool based on height and weight that helps health care providers evaluate weight categories that may lead to health problems in their patients.
BMI categories include:
(BMI of 18.5 or less)
(BMI of 18.5-24.9)
(BMI of 25-29.9)
(BMI of 30 or greater)
Another measurement a health care provider may use to start the conversation about weight is waist circumference, which is considered by some experts to be an important measurement when evaluating the health of certain patients.
Know your BMI before your next appointment as a starting point when talking about weight management with a health care provider.
Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, so BMI may not always be an accurate measure of overall health
If you're unsure of how to talk about weight management with a health care provider, complete the TrueWeight® Report to record your weight history and goals for the future, so you’re prepared for your next visit.