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BMI for Seniors

Body Mass Index, BMI, is a screening tool for seniors used by Medicare to assess if you are at risk for weight-related health issues. For example, Medicare obesity counseling can help you lose weight when you have a 30 or higher BMI. 

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During your Annual Wellness Visit, your doctor will measure your height and weight to assess your BMI. Furthermore, anytime you apply for Medicare Supplement Plan outside your initial Open Enrollment Period, you will have to answer underwriting questions. Based on your BMI, a supplement insurance company could charge you more or deny your Medigap policy. 

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How much do you weigh? Calculate your BMI.

BMI Calculator for Seniors

The BMI calculator is for seniors and any adults age 20 and over. You can enter your height and weight in metric (cm and kg) or imperial (in and lbs). Press the submit button to calculate your BMI.

How is BMI calculated? The metric system’s BMI formula is your weight (kg) divided by your height (cm) squared. For example, 74.38 kg / (1.83 m * 1.83 m) = 22.2 BMI. Alternatively, the BMI formula in the imperial system is your weight (lbs) divided by your height (in) squared. Then this quotient multiplied by 703. For example, 164 lbs / (72 in * 72 in) = .03164 x 703 = 22.2 BMI.

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Your BMI Weight Categories

Your Body Mass Index, BMI, is associated with one of four weight status categories. You are underweight if your BMI is under 18.5. A healthy weight status has a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. Seniors with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are overweight. A BMI of 30 and higher has a weight status category of obese.

For example, a senior with a BMI of 22 has a healthy weight. However, seniors with a BMI of 28 are overweight. If you are overweight or obese, please join a fitness program of seniors. Furthermore, to help you safely lose weight, please read the article, Weight Loss for Seniors.

BMIWeight Status
Below 18.5Underweight
18.5 – 24.9Healthy Weight
25.0 – 29.9Overweight
30.0 and upObese
BMI table for seniors to determine your weight status

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