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Interpreting Your BMI

BMI Weight Category
Under 18.5 Underweight
18.5- 24.9 Normal
25 - 29.9 Overweight
30 - 34.9 Obese
35 - 39.9 Clinically Obese
40 or greater Morbidly Obese

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a general indicator of whether or not you are maintaining a healthy weight based on the ratio of your weight to your height. It’s an imperfect scale as it doesn't account for differences in body types. For example, a 5 foot 9 inch bodybuilder who weighs 215 pounds and has a 6% body fat would be labeled obese. And there is already a new scale just for people from Southeast Asia where the ranges are lowered.

While it can be a good indicator of the healthiness of your weight if you fall within certain statistical norms that were used to develop it, it should be taken with a significant grain of salt and should not be used as a substitute for a professional evaluation of your health by a doctor.

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Two locations:

20 Research Place
North Chelmsford, MA 01863

203 Turnpike Street
2nd Floor
North Andover, MA 01845

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Phone: 978-788-7200
TTY: 978-937-6889
Phone: 877-LGH-WELL

Useful Links

The following are organizations that provide resources and information outside of Lowell General Hospital. These internet sites listed below are provided merely as a convenience to the users of this Internet site and Lowell General Hospital is not responsible for the content on these sites.

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. The mission of the organization is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

American Dietetic Association

The American Dietetic Association promotes optimal nutrition and well-being for all people by advocating for its members.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency with the mission of reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

American Medical Association

Founded more than 150 years ago, the American Medical Association's strategic agenda remains rooted in its historic commitment to standards, ethics, excellence in medical education and practice, and advocacy on behalf of the medical profession and the patients it serves.

American Obesity Association

The Association will champion the cause by promoting education, research, and community action that can improve the quality of life and self-image of sufferers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC is the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people by providing information to enhance health decisions and to promote health through strong partnerships.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center Directory

This national directory of treatment centers includes the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) database, as well as many private treatment centers, therapists and
addiction professionals.

National Eating Disorders Association

The nation's largest nonprofit organization devoted to the awareness and prevention of eating disorders.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

The Institute is part of the National Institutes of Health, a federal government agency, and provides leadership for national programs in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders.

National Institutes of Health

Founded in 1887, the NIH is comprised of 25 separate institutes and centers, all part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

North American Association for the Study of Obesity: the Obesity Society

The Society is an interdisciplinary society with the purpose of developing, extending, and disseminating knowledge in the field of obesity.

Obesity Action Coalition

The mission of the OAC is to elevate and empower those affected by obesity through education, advocacy, and support. The OAC strives to educate obese individuals, family members, and the public on obesity.

ObesityHelp was founded in 1998 as a peer support community to help those faced with life threatening morbid obesity. In 1999, the organization was formalized to extend support to patients and clinicians while expanding the scope of its public outreach activities.

Overeaters Anonymous®

A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating.

Shape Up America!

Shape Up America! is a high-profile national initiative to promote healthy weight and increased physical activity in America.

TOPS® Club

TOPS is a nonprofit organization that offers a healthy, caring, and supportive approach to weight control.

Weight Loss Surgery Info

If you're still unsure about bariatric surgery and want to take a step back to learn more about the basics, please visit our companion website. While you're there, sign up for the newsletter, WLS NewsSource.

Weight-control Information Network

The Network is a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. It was established in 1994 to provide health professionals and consumers with science-based information on obesity, weight control, and nutrition.

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Circle Health is a progressive collaboration of physicians, hospitals, other health providers and organizations with a shared vision for empowering people and communities to be healthier.

Wellforce is a health system that is rethinking how academic and community centers, local and national businesses, and technology and service innovators can all work together. So that clinicians can deliver expert care where it's needed most. And so that we can bring wellness back to health care, one person at a time.