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