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What is a normal BMI range?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. The standard set for the purpose of determining eligibility for prizes associated with Dr. Oz’s Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You contest is a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. Sign up now to determine your BMI.

BMI is called body mass index and it's an estimate of the body fat content a person has. A normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9. If the BMI is 25 to 30 you're considered overweight; a BMI of 30 to 35 is considered obese; a BMI of 35 to 40 is severely obese; and a BMI of 40 and over is considered morbidly obese.
 
Lauren E. Frost, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The body mass index (BMI) provides an estimate of body fat based on height and weight, and the goal is to have a normal BMI. The BMI is used to determine people’s weight category and to identify those who may be at risk for certain health problems.
  • A normal BMI range is from 18.5 to 24.9.
  • A BMI less than 18.5 signals that a person is underweight.
  • People with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight
  • Obesity may be diagnosed in people with a BMI greater than 30. 
There are limitations to the BMI. For example, people with significant muscle mass or fluid retention may have an elevated BMI but may not actually be overweight or obese.

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