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What does a BMI of 60, 62, and 64 mean?

What does a BMI of 60, 62, and 64 mean?

A BMI of 60 is extremely high and is an indication that someone’s health is at serious risk if they don’t drastically reduce their body mass index and try to achieve a good BMI.

While BMI has its limitations, such as being unable to detect abdominal obesity at lower BMI scores, it’s much more accurate when it comes to extremely high BMIs like BMI 60 and above.

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Is it bad to have a BMI of 60?

A BMI 62 man holding his fat belly

It’s bad for your physical health to have a BMI of 60 because high BMIs are a sign of obesity, which can lead to diseases like diabetes, gallbladder disease, heart disease, and certain types of cancers.

Additionally, having a 60 BMI can plague your everyday life with health problems like back pain, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. 

Additionally, the heavier that a person gets, the harder it can become to lose weight because their mobility becomes more limited.

Similarly, the higher your BMI becomes, the more likely it is that you’re reinforcing bad habits, such as overeating and binge eating, that can be hard to break.

How much does a BMI 60 person weigh?

A fat person standing on some weighing scales

Most people with a BMI of 60 weigh well over 300 lbs and often much more. This is because a 60 BMI score is more than double the already-overweight average.

That said, given that BMI takes into account your height as well as your weight, it’s possible for some BMI 60 individuals to be much heavier than others if they’re quite tall.

The heavier that you are, the more weight you’ll need to lose (and can expect to lose) in terms of raw pounds and kilos.

How can you reduce a BMI of 60?

Three men with a BMI of 60

Reducing a BMI of 60 means changing your habits. After all, you didn’t get to a 60 BMI by making a few poor dietary choices; it likely took years for your weight to spiral out of control.

Because of this, you’ll want to seek professional help from your doctor. They might refer you to a dietician, nutritionist, and/or someone who specializes in the psychology of weight management.

They might recommend increasing your activity level if you’re able to exercise comfortably, but this doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. Working out can be as simple as walking, which can burn quite a lot of calories if you’re obese. 

In addition to regular exercise, you might be advised to cut your calorie intake so that your body can burn fat.

Changing your diet is doubly beneficial because, in addition to stimulating weight loss, making healthy nutritional choices also helps you to create positive habits that will greatly reduce the chance of you gaining weight in the future.

Common 60 BMI scores

A BMI 61 man at the beach

Here are a few other common BMI 60 scores and their obesity severity.

BMI 61

A BMI of 61 is a whopping 21 points into the severely obese category and is a sign that a person’s health is at serious risk.

BMI 62 

A 62 BMI is more than double that of the almost-obese average. Because of this, professional help will be required for a person with a BMI of 62 to lose weight successfully.

BMI 63

A BMI of 63 is extremely high, which means that a person is extremely obese and is probably putting their health in jeopardy.

BMI 64

If you have a BMI of 64, then you’re 34 points into the obese category and, at the very least, will need to halve your BMI in order to achieve decent health.

The verdict on having a body mass index of sixty

Having a body mass index of sixty is worrying because it means that, even if you lost half of your body mass, you’d still be classed as obese.

This shows just how much excess body fat a person with a BMI of 60 really has.

The upside to all this is that when your BMI is so high, the weight can come off pretty quickly because you have so much fat that’s begging to be burned.

As with any obese person, a BMI 60 individual will need to set realistic weight loss goals so that they can stay on track even when things get tough. If you’re losing weight regularly, then these losses will start to stack up and result in a completely different body in the long run.