Obesity is a chronic health condition that raises the risk for heart disease — the leading cause of death in the United States — and is linked to many other health problems, including type 2 diabetes and cancer (NIH). It can also lead to other chronic health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, sleep apnea, and joint problems.
Obesity effects 1 in 3 adults in the US. (CDC)
The most common screening tool for obesity is the body mass index (BMI). BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. You can use an online BMI Calculator to see your results. Individuals with a BMI of 25 or greater are at risk for obesity and should talk with their provider.
Your provider may also consider your waist circumference, body fat percentage, and medical history when diagnosing obesity.
BMI Index Chart
- If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the underweight range.
- If your BMI is 18.5 to <25, it falls within the healthy weight range.
- If your BMI is 25.0 to <30, it falls within the overweight range.
- If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the obesity range.
Total Health, Total You Coaching
Anthem’s Total Health, Total You program gives you access to a team of clinicians to help you navigate any healthcare need. This team is here to help explain treatment options, understand your care plan, connect with local resources, and guide you toward healthy lifestyle changes. Call (877) 814-9709 to connect with this program. Learn how to earn $50 in rewards by participating in the Total Health, Total You program.
ActiveHealth has a team of health coaches who can help you with nutrition, exercise, and weight loss. www.myactivehealth.com/stateofindiana. The ActiveHealth program is available to state of Indiana health plan members. Call 855-202-4219 to get started!
Learn more about the ActiveHealth program and available rewards: www.myactivehealth.com/stateofindiana
Diabetes Prevention Programs
Diabetes Prevention Programs help you make lifestyle changes like losing weight and increasing activity to reduce your risk of developing diabetes.
Learn how to earn $100 in rewards by participating in a Diabetes Prevention Program.