Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
HomePersonal Health and Fitness The Series
TV Listings
Resources & Links
Tell Us Your Story
Feedback FAQ
HomePersonal Health & FitnessFuel for the RoadGear to GoCall to ActionTravel & Adventure

Take A Quiz!

Kick Off Your Walking Quiz

What's Your Fitness Personality Quiz

NEW! - Women's Health Quiz

NEW! - Body Mass Index Calculator

What's Inside
18 Week Walk a Marathon Program
22-Week Faster Walking Marathon Program
20% Boost Program
Pre-Walk Warm-Up Routine
3-Minute Post Walk Stretch Routine
4 Tips for Faster Walking Technique
Strengthening
Exercises
Email this link to a friend
Find out your BMI (Body Mass Index)
Find out your BMI (Body Mass Index)

BMI or Body Mass Index is a tool for calculating weight status in adults 20 years or older. It is a measure of weight for height.

Your BMI can tell you whether you fall into the following categories:

BMI    Weight Status
Below 18.5    Underweight
18.5 24.9   Normal
25.0 29.9   Overweight
30.0 and above   Obese

How does BMI relate to health?

The BMI ranges are based on the effect body weight has on disease and death. As BMI increases, the risk for some disease increases. Some common conditions related to overweight and obesity include:

  • Premature death
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Some cancers
  • Diabetes

BMI is only one of many factors used to predict risk for disease. BMI cannot be used to tell a person if he or she has a disease such as diabetes or cancer. It is important to remember that weight is only one factor that is related to disease.

Height:
feet:
inches:
Weight (in pounds)