Tests that may be used to evaluate obesity include:
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.
Obesity Waist Measurement
The ratio of hip-to-waist size has been used to define obesity and disease risk. Experts now believe that waist measurement alone is a more important reflection of health risk than that of the traditional waist-hips ratio.
Facts about waist measurements:
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