A 45-year-old female comes into the clinic for a yearly physical. The nurse calculates her body mass index (BMI) as 32. The nurse would chart this as

  1. obese.
  2. underweight.
  3. overweight.
  4. healthy weight.
Number 1 is correct.
BMI is a health screening tool calculated by considering an individual’s height and weight. A BMI over 30 is considered obese. If BMI falls between 25 and 29.9, the individual is considered overweight. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered a normal/healthy weight, and BMI under 18.5 is considered underweight.