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Most people will agree to the truism that a person should not be too underweight or too overweight. People should be just the right weight.
The BMI categories as published by the CDC are as follows:
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5 - 24.9
Overweight = 25 - 29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
But the borders between these four categories are hotly debated as is the more general idea of "ideal weight." Public discourse on body image, body shaming, lookism, and other related topics make this an intense topic.
I am not seeking to judge anyone or dictate a course of action.
Note: The function of this post is only to raise awareness. It is not offering medical advice. If you have concerns about your BMI, please see a licensed medical professional.
For this reasons of controversy and complexity of methods of measurement, I have procrastinating writing about this particular biomarker as part of this series on 18 biomarkers of health and longevity.