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How do you find your BMI? COVID-19 vaccine opening up to overweight Wisconsinites

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Female leg stepping on weigh scales. Healthy lifestyle, food and sport concept.(Siam Pukkato | Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 11:20 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Thirty-five percent of adults in Wisconsin are considered overweight, according to the Department of Health Services. That’s a Body Mass Index between 25-30.

Wisconsinites (16 and older) in that BMI range will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting March 22. That’s when the state opens vaccinations up to certain medical conditions, including those who are overweight and obese. CLICK HERE to see if you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin.

Being overweight or obese is considered a medical condition because it can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says being overweight increases the risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

The CDC has a tool that measures your BMI. You enter your height in feet and inches and weight in pounds and then click on “Calculate.”

CLICK HERE for the CDC’s BMI Calculator for Adults.

CLICK HERE for the CDC’s BMI Calculator for Teens.

BMI is a person’s weight divided by the square of their height, according to the CDC. It does not measure body fat.

Looking for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic near you? CLICK HERE for the First Alert Vaccine Team guide to appointments.

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