Table 1

Classification of weight according to BMI for Caucasian, South Asian and Chinese populations1

ClassificationBMI (kg/m2)
CaucasianSouth Asian* and Chinese
Healthy or ‘normal’ weight18.5–24.918.5–23
Overweight or preobesity25–29.923–27.5
Obesity I30–34.9≥27.5
Obesity II35–39.9
Obesity III≥40
  • *South Asian = Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indian-Caribbean (immigrants of South Asian family origin), Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

  • BMI, body mass index.