How is Obesity Measured?

Many methods have been developed to date to determine stage or grade of obesity.Many of them are expensive and complicated methods.Therefore, body mass index (BMI) is the most practical method that gives most accurate results.There are various formulas of this method, in which calculations are based on weight and height.This index is easily calculated by dividing the weight of person (kg) by the square of height (meter).

According to American Health Institute, BMI indicates;

normal body weight if the index is 20-24.9

Overweight if the index is 25-29.9

Obesity if the index is 30-34.9

Type II Obesity if the index is 35-39.9

Morbid Obesity if the index is 40-49.9

Super-obesity if the index is 50 and above.