Do you know your Body Mass Index? It’s easy to find out.

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Did you know that over one in four people over age 50 are obese? The trend doesn’t get better as you get older. Approximately 27% of people 60-plus are obese. And in the last 30 years, obesity among seniors has doubled.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they’re overweight or obese. To find out if you’re in a healthy weight range, calculate your Body Mass Index, or BMI. The website for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a BMI calculator. Just enter your height and weight and you’ll get your number.

Here are are the BMI categories:

  • Underweight = <18.5
  • Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
  • Overweight = 25-29.9
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

If your BMI is in the normal range, congratulations. But if it’s higher than you’d like, don’t worry – figuring out your BMI is an important first step. Now it’s time to make a plan for getting your weight down to a healthier place. Not in a few months, but over a healthy, safe, extended period of time. Maybe just a pound of fat every month or two. When you start making progress, your pride and excitement will be more addictive than the unhealthy food that caused the problem in the first place. Others have done it and you can too!