It’s no longer secret that obesity is a killer. About 2.8 million people die globally every year as a result of being overweight or obese. The World Health Organisation even recognises obesity as a growing global health problem of epidemic proportions.
Despite being preventable, obesity rates are increasing and doubled between 1980 and 2014. Currently, more than 1.9 billion adults worldwide are overweight with about 600 million people obese.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
So how do you find out if you are underweight, overweight, obese or of normal weight? There’s actually an index that WHO recommends called the Body Mass Index or BMI.
Body mass index (BMI) is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2).
a BMI less than 18.5 is underweight.
a BMI from 18.5 to 24.9 is normal.
a BMI from 25 to 29.9 is overweight.
a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is obese.
You can use the tool below to quickly find out what your current status is.
Supplied by BMI Calculator NZ