UNINSURED: If you do not have health insurance, then your eligibility is based on State of Florida guidelines. Do bring a picture ID and income information. Initial and follow-up medical evaluations are free of charge. If needed, laboratory and imaging studies as well as medications are free of charge or require partial payment.
INSURED: If you have health insurance, then participants are advised to seek all medical care from your personal primary care physician and specialists.
Defining Adult Overweight & Obesity
Weight out of proportion to height is described as overweight or obesity. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a screening tool for overweight and obesity.
Adult Body Mass Index
BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters.
To calculate BMI, see the Adult BMI Calculator or determine BMI by finding your height and weight in this BMI Index Chart external icon.
- If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the underweight range.
- If your BMI is 18.5 to <25, it falls within the healthy weight range.
- If your BMI is 25.0 to <30, it falls within the overweight range.
- If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the obesity range.
Obesity is frequently subdivided into categories:
- Class 1: BMI of 30 to < 35
- Class 2: BMI of 35 to < 40
- Class 3: BMI of 40 or higher. Class 3 obesity is sometimes categorized as “severe” obesity.
Note: BMI is a screening tool, not a diagnostic tool for health status. A trained MD/DO physician should perform appropriate assessments to evaluate an individual’s health status and risks. If you have questions about your BMI, talk with your personal physician.
See the following table for an example.
Visit the Adult BMI Calculator to calculate BMI (for adults 20 years and older)
Adult Body Mass Index (BMI)
|5'9"||124 lbs or less||Below 18.5||Underweight|
|125 lbs to 168 lbsc||18.5 to 24.9||Healthy weight|
|169 lbs to 202 lb||25.0 to 29.9||Overweight|
|203 lbs or more||30 or higher||Obesity|
|271 lbs or more||40 or higher||Class 3 Obesity|
BMI does not measure body fat directly, but BMI is moderately correlated with more direct measures of body fat obtained from skinfold thickness measurements, bioelectrical impedance, underwater weighing, dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and other methods 1,2,3. Furthermore, BMI appears to be strongly correlated with various adverse health outcomes consistent with these more direct measures of body fatness
Adult BMI Calculator & Chart
This calculator provides body mass index (BMI) and the corresponding BMI weight status category for adults 20 years and older. For children and teens, 2 through 19 years, use the BMI Calculator for Children and Teens.
- To set short- and long-term goals for weight loss.
- This program is designed for participants to set their own short- and long-term goals and rewards for weight loss. The medical team will assist you in achieving these goals through a plan of exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes.