When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

40 Years of Progress: Transforming Cancer. Saving Lives.

The AICR Lifestyle & Cancer Symposium addresses the most current and consequential issues regarding diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

The Annual AICR Research Conference is the most authoritative source for information on diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

Cancer Update Program – unifying research on nutrition, physical activity and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

Are you ready to make a difference? Join our team and help us advance research, improve cancer education and provide lifesaving resources.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

BMI Calculator

Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

There is a strong link between excess body fat and increased cancer risk.

Based on research that the American Institute for Cancer Research helps fund, evidence is clear that weight can affect your risk of developing cancer. Many cancers in the U.S. could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and eating a nutritious diet.


Children and Teens BMI: This adult BMI calculator should not be used to determine the weight category for your child or teen. Ask your pediatrician or use the CDC’s BMI calculator.

There are 2 methods for assessing body fat.

While they’re not perfectly accurate, they both tell you whether, and how urgently, you need to take steps to control your weight and reduce your cancer risk.

Body Mass Index is one common method used to measure overweight and obesity. BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s weight and height. The BMI chart shows four ranges: underweight, healthy, overweight and obese. Staying within the healthy range throughout life is important for lowering your cancer risk.

Waist circumference is another method of assessing your body fat. All you need to do is find a tape measure and follow these easy steps.

  1. Place a tape measure around your waist above the tip of your hipbone.
  2. Measure your waist after exhaling.
  3. Determine your health risk. For women, a waist measurement of 31.5 inches or more indicates high risk. For men, a waist measurement of 37 inches or more indicates high risk.

*BMI may not be an accurate measure for everyone – including people who have more muscle mass (like athletes), seniors with less muscle mass or people under 5 feet tall.

If you are at high risk, learn how you can lose weight. If you are not at risk, learn how to prevent weight gain.

Check In With Your Health

The choices we make each day can help reduce our risk of cancer.
AICR's new Cancer Health Check will help you learn more about your
choices and how you can stack the odds in your favor.