What is BMI for Women?

The importance of BMI

You have probably heard of BMI for women, since it is everywhere on the news these days.  Dr. Oz has talked about the importance of women knowing their BMI many times on his show.  BMI is short for Body Mass Index.  Body Mass Index is a single number that makes it easy for a woman to know whether her weight is right for her height.

How to use BMI (for women)

If a woman’s BMI is too low (below 18.5) she is considered underweight.  While some would say you can never be too rich or too thin, an underweight BMI indicates that a woman may not have a healthy amount of muscle and may in fact be too skinny.  If her BMI is between 18.5 and 25, she is in the normal weight range.  This means that while a lady may not be happy with every aspect of her body shape, her mass is within the bounds considered healthy by the medical community.  When an adult female’s BMI is above 25, she is classified as overweight.  This usually means that she has too much body fat and would be healthier if she loses enough fat to get down into the normal BMI range.  However, some women can be healthy at a high BMI if they are very muscular, since muscle is more dense than fat.  Unless her BMI is over 30, which means she is obese, a woman in the overweight range does not have to worry too much about losing weight.

Those are the main ranges of BMI for women.  The underweight and obese classes are sometimes split up more finely into “severe” and “moderate” subclasses, depending on just how underweight or obese a woman is.  But you can use these BMI classes for women to determine whether you are at a healthy weight and take action to correct any weight problems you may have.