How Do You Know if You're Obese or Overweight?

For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using your weight and height to calculate a number called your “Body Mass Index” or BMI. For most people, BMI is a good indicator of their amount of body fat. An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight, and an adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. To calculate your BMI, click here.

For children and teens, BMI ranges and calculations are done differently and they take into account the normal differences in body fat between girls and boys, as well as differences at various ages. To calculate your child's BMI, click here









Ask Yourself If You're Really Hungry

Whenever you feel like eating, look for physical signs of hunger such as an empty feeling in your stomach, growling, rumbling or gurgling stomach sounds, lightheadedness, irritability, headache or lack of concentration. Hunger is your body's way of telling you that you need fuel. Remember that when a craving doesn't come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it. Also, when you're done eating, you should feel better – not stuffed, bloated, or tired. Keep in mind that your stomach is only the size of your fist, so it takes just a handful of food to fill it comfortably.

Don't Jump onto Fad Diets

If you want to know whether a diet you are considering is a fad, ask yourself, does it:

  • Promote miracle foods or formulas?
  • Require little or no physical activity?
  • Focus on quick weight loss?
  • Provide menus and plans?
  • Encourage very specific food combinations?
  • Guarantee success?

If you answer "yes" to any of those questions, it means you're likely looking at a fad diet.