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Body Mass Index

The Body Mass Index is a widely used comparison of height and weight. The index is defined as the weight divided by the square of the height. This index can be compared to a standard chart to determine if an individual is underweight, at a normal weight, overweight or obese. Obesity contributes to all of the diseases which IMSS screens for including hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. By determining if a patient is obese, the physician can recommend if weight loss may help an individual to lower their blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol levels. Below is a chart that determines BMI based on height and and weight and the category that BMI belongs in.

Click here to get an estimate of your BMI.

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