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Screening for risk of health problems from obesity. Two common ways to help gauge your risk of health problems from obesity are body mass index, also known as BMI, and waist size. BMI estimates your body fat by comparing your height to your weight. You can enter your measurements into a BMI calculator or your health care provider can figure out your BMI for you. Once you know your BMI, you or your healthcare provider can find it on a chart to see if you are underweight, a healthy weight, overweight, or obese. BMI for children and teens is called BMI for age. BMI for age is calculated the same way as adult BMI but the child's results are compared with growth charts. Adults can evaluate belly fat by measuring their waist size with a tape measure. Men with a waist size above 40 inches and non-pregnant women with a waist size above 35 inches may have a higher risk of health problems from obesity. If you have questions about your risk of health problems from obesity, talk to your healthcare provider.

Last Updated: Apr 1st, 2020