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    Do you want to lose weight or have bariatric surgery? You need to start seeing a doctor and nurse right away. It is important to optimize your health by managing any chronic conditions.

    To start, talk to your family doctor. If you do not have a family doctor, register with the /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText Québec family doctor finder of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.


    Consult our different information sections on:

    Ouvre un lien interne dans la fenêtre couranteChronic diseases

    Cible Santé workshops offered in Laval on the following topics:

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    Ouvre un lien interne dans la fenêtre courante Nutrition clinic.

    What is my BMI?

    You can calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) to assess your degree of obesity. To calculate your BMI, you need your height (in centimetres or feet) and weight (in kilograms or pounds).

    This tool is not appropriate for you if you have an eating disorder, are pregnant, or are under 18 years of age.

    If your BMI is over 25 kg/m2 and your waist circumference is higher than your recommended value, you are at a greater risk of developing obesity-related diseases.

    Calculate your BMI

    You can use several tools to calculate your BMI.

    BMI calculators

    BMI app

    /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText Available from Google Play

    /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altTextAvailable from the Apple Store

    Interactive online calculator

    Extenso (Centre de référence sur la nutrition de l’Université de Montréal) /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText has an easy-to-use interactive BMI calculator.

    /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText Extenso is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to raise public awareness about better nutrition health through the objective interpretation and effective communication of the latest in nutrition science.


    How to calculate your BMI

    ClassesBMI(kg/m2)Risk of related diseases 
    Below normal< 18,5Low (but a greater risk of other clinical problems as well as mortality)
    Overweight25-29,9Some risks
    Obese< 30
    Class I30 - 34,9High
    Class II35 - 39,9Very high
    Morbidly obese
    Class III<40Extremely high

    *These values are independent of age and sex and represent the same level of fat tissue for any population.

    *It is important to measure BMI and body fat distribution (waist circumference or waist-to-hip ratio, etc.) to assess the risks of obesity-related health problems.

    Reference: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

    Waist circumference

    Waist measurement

    In addition to posing a risk for the conditions mentioned above, abdominal fat is a major risk factor for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (also known as “NASH”) and other metabolic diseases.

    To calculate your waist circumference, /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText watch this video from the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

    Perform the following steps:

    1. While standing in front of a mirror with your feet shoulder-width apart, run a tape measure around your waist (do not measure over your clothing).
    2. The tape should be at your belly button or just above your hipbones. It should be horizontal and not twisted anywhere. Breathe normally.
    3. Find the number opposite the edge of the tape.
    4. Compare this number with what is shown below. If your waist circumference is higher than what is indicated, you have a risk of associated diseases.

    Men: More than 94 cm (37 inches)

    Women: More than 80 cm (31.5 inches) 

    Does your BMI and/or your waist circumference indicate that you have a weight problem? Don’t panic: we can help!

    /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText Consult the different healthy lifestyle sections to improve your health.