You can pre-assess your health risk by establishing your BMI and waist size. Below you will find the tools and instructions needed to determine if you are at risk for obesity-related illnesses.
Adult Body Mass Index or BMI
One way to determine if you fall in a healthy size range is to calculate your “body mass index” (BMI). Your BMI is a great measurement of your overall body fat count and is calculated based on your height and weight.
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or Greater
An additional way to evaluate your size risk is to measure your waistline. If you have a significant amount of abdominal fat, your waist could be alerting you of your increased chances of developing Type II Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, and Coronary Artery Disease.
How to Measure your Waist
To measure your waist circumference, you will need to position a tape measure around your bare abdomen just above your hip bone. Make sure that the tape is pulled tightly, but do not squeeze your skin. When you have properly placed the tape, make sure to relax, then measure your waistline.
Waist Circumference High Risk Measurements:
Adult Man= 40 inches or Greater
Adult (Non-Pregnant) Woman= 35 inches or Greater
*Please be advised that these tests are preliminary and are not absolute. A more thorough physical exam must be performed by Dr. Nelson to confirm that any type of disease is present*.