What is your BMI?

Knowing your body mass index (BMI) is as important as knowing your blood pressure. Your BMI lets you know whether you’re of normal weight (<25), overweight (25-30), or obese (>30) based on your height. It is an accurate indicator of your health and wellness. A recent government panel recommended that doctors should regularly calculate BMI of their patients and suggest effective treatment options for those that are obese.

Your doctor should discuss weight loss programs and practices with you. Most doctors however do not. It is vitally important for you to initiate this discussion with your doctor if they don’t bring it up, and have your doctor periodically check your BMI.

I also recommend weighing yourself daily! Know where you stand on the scale so you can take effective measures. Calculate your BMI here. Find out how you can get your BMI under 25 in the spring newsletter.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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