Healthy eating for people with COPD

2) Assessing your Body Mass Index

Your normal diet and your Body Mass Index

  • If your Body Mass Index is 30 or more it would be helpful to aim for gradual weight loss.
  • If it is between 20-25 then carry on with a varied healthy balanced diet for weight stability.
  • If it is 20 or less you may want to increase your energy intake especially if you are keeping active to support weight stability/ weight gain. Some people with COPD may be under nourished as a result of the illness.

Maintaining a healthy body weight is recommended. To assess your nutritional status it would be helpful to calculate your BMI and consider discussing with a health professional if you have had any recent weight changes. Use the BMI calculator to check if you are underweight, overweight or obese.