A body mass index (BMI) indicates how much body fat a person carries. A special screening exam to determine a person’s BMI and to check for weight concerns is utilized that generates a number. A BMI does not provide a full report of a person’s health, though it is important to know your score and any possible health concerns.

Your BMI can be calculated using this equation:

  1. Weight (in pounds)
  2. Divided by height (in inches) squared
  3. Multiplied by 703

For example, a woman who is 165 pounds and 5 ft, 3 inches (63 inches) tall has a BMI of 29.2. You can visit www.cdc.gov/bmi and use the official BMI calculator provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A BMI is intended to give people an idea of their risks of obesity-related problems—not diagnose a health condition. Talk to your physician today if you are concerned about your BMI. The professionals within the Arizona Priority Care network are happy to connect you to the right doctor for any of your healthcare concerns.

At Arizona Priority Care, our network of professional Arizona physicians is committed to one thing: your healthcare. We aim to give patients the best resources for any of their healthcare needs by coordinating care within the Arizona Priority Care network. If you are looking for a primary care physician in your Arizona community, see which ones are in the Arizona Priority Care network first! You may use our Provider Finder tool at the top right hand corner to locate a primary care physician near you. Or give us at call and we can assist you in finding one.

For more information, contact Arizona Priority Care directly at (855) 711-2912.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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