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If you've ever had a conversation with your doctor about your weight, you likely heard them mention something about your body mass index, or BMI. Your BMI can categorize you as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. Doctors may use BMI to help determine whether your weight category puts you at risk for certain health conditions.
BMI takes just two measurements into consideration: your weight and height. It might seem unfair that your health risk is based in part on a number that only accounts for those two factors. After all, BMI doesn't measure things like heart or lung health. It also can't tell your doctor if you exercise or eat a nutritious diet.