Your body mass index, or BMI, is an indicator of your body fat. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in pounds by the square of your height in inches, and then multiplying that figure by 703. Medical professionals calculate their patients’ BMIs to help determine whether they are underweight, overweight, or at a healthy weight.
Though BMI isn’t the only indicator of wellness, it can help give medical professionals a good idea of their patients’ health. According to most doctors, the average person’s BMI should fall between 18.5 and 24.9. Those with a BMI below 18.5 are considered underweight, while those above 25 are considered overweight. If you have a BMI higher than 30, you are considered obese. Those with a BMI of 35 or above may be good candidates for bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery.
The doctors at West Hills Hospital can help you make sense of your BMI and bring it within a normal range. Call (818) 676-4000 to set up an appointment or visit our West Hills emergency room if you require emergency care.