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New BMI Guidelines for Asians

New BMI Guidelines for Asians

As a race, we Asians differ from the westerners, in terms of risks for lifestyle-related diseases. So, obviously are BMI guidelines are very different as well. Mentioned below are the new guidelines that will possibly bring down the incidence of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

BMI Cutoff for Asians

BMI Cutoff

Weight Status

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<18.5

Underweight

Being underweight also puts you at risk for developing many health problems. Discuss with your healthcare provider about how to reach a healthy weight.

18.5 - 23.9

Healthy weight range

Your weight is within normal range. You can continue to keep a healthy weight through physical activity and healthy eating. Keep up with the good work!

24 - 26.9

Overweight

Being overweight can put you at risk for developing many chronic diseases. Discuss with your healthcare professional on how to achieve a healthy weight.

>27

Obese

Obesity increases risks for developing many chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and decreases overall quality of life. Discuss with your healthcare provider about how to achieve a healthy weight!

Wildman RP et al. Appropriate body mass index and waist circumference cutoffs for categorization of overweight and central adiposity among Chinese adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2004; 80:1129.
Appropriate body-mass index for Asian populations and its implications for policy and intervention strategies. Lancet 2004; 363:157-63

While BMI plays a major role in evaluating your health, it cannot entirely be relied on. Your doctor may call for further evaluation and blood tests to accurately determine your health issues.