What does your BMI result mean?

Once you have found out what your BMI (Body Mass Index) is, check below to see whether it indicates that you are underweight, a normal, healthy weight, overweight, or obese and what you should then do about your weight. If you do not know your BMI, please check it out here!


BMI 19.0 or below: Underweight
You need to eat more food to provide your body with the fuel it needs. You may need to eat more at each meal and have more snacks during the day. Be sure to choose nutritious foods from range of food groups.

BMI 19.0 – 24.9 Normal weight
You are eating the right amount to keep your weight at a healthy level, but you still need to make sure that your diet is balanced, health, and nutritious.

BMI 25 – 29.9: Overweight
it would be beneficial to your health if you lose some weight and avoid gaining any additional weight. Healthy eating and regular exercise will help to manage your weight long-term. Making just one or two adjustments to your diet each day, for example, cutting out high-fat or high sugar snacks, should result in a healthy, gradual weight loss.

BMI 30 – 34.9 Obesity (Class 1)
Your health may be at risk at your current weight. Look for healthy way of losing the excess weight; do not be tempted to try any “crash” diets, which could place more strain on your health.

BMI 35 – 39.9 Obesity (Class 2)
Your health is at risk at your current weight. You should find ways of changing your eating habits. You are advised to seek from your doctor or dietitian.

BMI 40 or higher: Obesity (Class 3)
Being this overweight poses a serious risk to your health. You are advised to seek advice from your doctor or dietitian for a weight-loss plan.

Source from Nutrition for Life
Lisa Hark, Ph.D, RD & Darwin Deen, MD

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