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Obesity Body Mass Index
- A person with a BMI that is between 18 and 24.9 is normal.
- A person with a BMI over 25 is overweight.
- A person with a BMI over 30 or more is obese.
- The higher the BMI, the greater the risk for certain diseases, including:
- The BMI should be checked every two years.
- Those who are very tall or very muscular may have a calculated BMI that is more difficult to interpret.
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