Having a BMI of 30 or greater can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and lowering your BMI is associated with a decreased risk, so reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important. Even losing a small amount of weight is beneficial. Losing just 5-10% of your current weight can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in 6 out of 10 people.
A BMI of between 25.0 and 29.9 is categorised as overweight and a BMI of 30.0 and above is classified as obese.
Body Mass Index Chart
|Category||BMI (kg/m2)||BMI Prime|
|Very severely underweight||15||0.60|
|Normal (healthy weight)||18.5||25||0.74||1.0|
|Obese Class I (Moderately obese)||30||35||1.2||1.4|
|Obese Class II (Severely obese)||35||40||1.4||1.6|
|Obese Class III (Very severely obese)||40||1.6|