Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is:_______________

The Affordable Care Act requests that all healthcare providers measure the BMI (Body Mass Index, a ratio of weight to height) of all patients at every visit and inform those with a BMI above 24 of the increased health risks they face. Though it is not an all-inclusive measure of overall health, BMI can be a strong indicator of the likelihood that you will develop the potential issues listed below.

Losing weight and making simple lifestyle changes can be an effective way to alleviate these risks and their associated symptoms. If you are ready to lose weight, and make these changes please ask any of our employees how our office can help you can become your “Healthy Size!”

Body Fat BMI Classifications

BMI = Weight in lbs  x 703 ÷ height in inches²

As weight increases, the chances of developing diseases and health problems also increases. Being overweight or obese increases the likelihood of harmful conditions, such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Fatty Liver/Liver Diseases
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Infertility
  • Cancer: Breast, Thyroid, Colon, Esophagus, Liver, Uterus, Prostate, Kidney
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • High Triglycerides
  • High LDL Cholesterol
  • Low HDL Cholesterol
  • Higher Healthcare Costs

 

Also, the risk of developing the following diabetic-related conditions(Elevated Blood Sugar*, Pre-Diabetes*, High HgbA1c (a measure of blood sugar over time), Type 2 Diabetes*, Gestational Diabetes) increases by the percentages indicated below for men and women:

 

  • Overweight Men:(BMI 25-29.9) the chances are 240% highercompared to normal weight men
  • Obese Men:(BMI over 30) the chances are 670% highercompared to normal weight men
  • Overweight Women:(BMI 25-29.9) the chances are 390% higherthan normal weight women
  • Obese Women:(BMI over 30) the chances are 1240% highercompared to normal weight women