How to Tell if You Are Overweight or Obese

International guidelines for obesity and bariatric surgery view a patient’s body mass index (BMI) alongside their waist circumference. You can do these simple measurements yourself using the methods below to see where you are in terms of health risks, BMI classification and what our corresponding weight-loss solutions are.

  1. Body Mass Index Calculator 
BMI CALCULATORClassification (kg/m2)BMI
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Healthy Weight
Obese I
Obese II
Obese III
Less than 18.5
40 or more

Before using this calculator, please bear in mind:

  • It shouldn’t be used for pregnant women or children
  • It provides an estimate only – it doesn’t take into account gender, age, ethnicity, body composition, etc.
  • You should view these results in the context of your waist circumference. In addition, body composition varies, and if you want a more accurate assessment of your weight you should consider using the body composition analysis machine at our Dubai clinics.

2. How to measure your waist circumference

While standing, measure your waist just above your hipbones, straight after breathing out. Be sure to hold the tape measure snugly, but so that it’s not constricting, and check that it’s parallel to the floor.

For men, a circumference less than 94 cm is low, from 94–102cm is high, and more than 102cm is very high.

For women, a circumference less than 80 cm is low, from 80–88 cm is high and more than 88 cm is very high.

Health wise, your waist circumference should be viewed in the context of your BMI  as follows: