Body mass index (BMI), the measurement of body fat based on your weight and height, helps to determine your risk for some diseases, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, some cancers and diabetes. To calculate your BMI, use the formula below:
BMI = (your current weight in pounds x 703) divided by (your height in inches squared)
The higher your BMI is above 24.9, the greater your risk for disease. There are limitations to the formula; it does not distinguish between fat and muscle and may overestimate body fat in athletes and individuals with a muscular build or underestimate body fat in individuals with muscle loss.
Talk to your healthcare provider to determine your risk and whether you should lose weight.