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BMI Ranges for Women

Understanding BMI Results

Once a woman has determined her body mass index using the BMI chart, the next step is to interpret the results. Interpreting the BMI results will differ for adults and children under the age of 20 (see BMI for Children for more information).
The standard weight status categories associated with BMI ranges for women and men are shown below:
Weight Status
Below 18.5
18.5 – 24.9
25.0 – 29.9
30.0 and Above
Keep in mind that BMI is a screening tool; it is not used to diagnose any medical conditions, but instead, is used as one measure to assess a woman's weight and her risk for developing certain medical conditions. To determine if excess weight is a health risk, a healthcare provider will perform further assessments. According to recent guidelines, assessment of weight involves using three key measures:
  • BMI
  • Waist circumference
  • Risk factors for diseases and conditions associated with obesity.
(Click BMI and Weight for more information about these factors healthcare providers consider and medical conditions related to weight.)
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