What does your Body Mass Index (BMI) mean?

One of the main causes of hypertension is overweight. Try to keep your BMI between 18,5 and 24,99. Weight loss of only 5 kg can lead to a reduction in blood pressure amounting to 10mmHg (systolic).

BMI Classification

18,5 or less Underweight
18,5 to 24,99 Normal weight
25 to 29,99 Overweight
30 to 34,99 Obese Class 1
35 to 39,99 Obese Class 2
40 or greater Obese Class 3
Morbid Obesity

Your BMI is equal to or less than 18.5 (Underweight)
A low BMI can indicate that your weight maybe too low. It is advisable to consult your doctor to determine if you should gain weight, since low body mass can decrease your body's immune system, which could lead to illness such as disappearance of periods (women), bone loss, malnutrition and other conditions.

Your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9 (Normal Weight)
Your BMI is within 18.5 to 24.9 you possess the ideal amount of body weight.

Your BMI is between 25 and 29.9 (Overweight)
Persons falling in this BMI range are considered overweight and would benefit from finding healthy ways to lower their weight, such as diet and regularly physical activities. In the BMI range 25-29,9 the risk for illnesses caused by overweight increases.

Your BMI is between 30-34.99 (Obese Class 1)
Individuals with a BMI of 30-34.99 are in a physically unhealthy condition, which puts them at risk for serious illnesses. It is recommendable to see your doctor and consider reducing your weight by 5-10 percent. An appropriate weight reduction will help to improve your health.

Your BMI is between 35-39.99 (Obese Class 2)
If you have a BMI of 35-39.99 your risk of weight-related health problems is severe. See your doctor and reduce your weight to a lower BMI.

Your BMI is over 40 (Obese Class 3: Morbid Obesity)
With a BMI of 40+ you have an extremely high risk of weight-related disease. For you it is very important to see your doctor and get specialists help for your condition.

The BMI is valid for both men and women but the following point should be taken into consideration: The BMI can not estimate body fat. The body fat may be overestimated especially in athletes and others who have a muscular build. But is also can be underestimated especially in older persons and others who have lost muscle mass.