The easiest way to determine your target BMI is to use an online BMI calculator. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer a helpful calculator online.
The normal BMI range for adults is 18.5 to 24.9. Anything under that range is considered underweight, while anything over it is considered overweight or obese.
Individuals with high BMIs are more likely to develop health conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers
- Sleep apnea
- Pregnancy complications.
In contrast, people with low BMIs have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, iron deficiency, anemia, infection, hair loss, lung disease and muscle wasting.
Women’s Integrated Healthcare, P.A., based in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas, has additional resources regarding measuring your BMI and achieving your health goals. Read more here.