A recent report from the National Health and Nutrition Examination found that some 38% of adults in 2013 and 2014 (the most recent data) were obese, weight limits that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers unhealthy. That's some 121 million Americans who fall into this category, which is one above simply "overweight" (that includes 69 percent of the population). So, are you one of them? Here's how to find out where you stand with your weight.
The CDC makes weight determinations with the most common measurement, Body Mass Index or BMI. While it's not a perfect measurement — healthy weightlifters, for example, measure as overweight or even obese — it is really easy to calculate.
1. First, go to the government's online calculator and plug in your height and weight.
2. Now take that number and compare it to the government's scale:
- If you get 18.5, you're "Underweight"
- 18.5–24.9 is "Normal weight."
- 25–29.9 is "Overweight"
- And more than 30 is "Obese."