## Are You Really Overweight?

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Summary:

If you really want to know how much overweight you are, check out this BMI formula. If you want to lose weight, it will calculate how much weight you need to lose.

Keywords:

BMI, body mass index, loss, weight, waistline

Article Body:

If you are overweight, you know it by how you feel, how your clothes fit or how you look. But, by how much are you really overweight? And how much weight do you need to lose? One measure of how much you should weight is by determining your Body Mass Index, BMI. This index gives you the relationship of your weight to your height. Here is the formula:

If you weight 143 lbs and are 64 in tall, then

your BMI = [(143) / (64 x 64)] x 705 = 26.2. Based on the chart below a BMI of 26.2 is overweight.

· underweight, BMI = 18.5
· normal weight BMI = 18.5 – 24.9
· overweight BMI = 25 – 29.9
· slight obesity BMI = 30 – 34.9
· obese BMI = 35 – 39.9
· excess obese = BMI = greater than 40

If we consider the normal BMI number to be 21.5 then you can compute approximately how much weight you should lose using the same BMI formula but by changing things around in the formula,