Your first step to find out if you are at a healthy weight is to find out what your BMI, or BODY MASS INDEX, is and what your waist size is. For most people, these are good clues to whether they are at a healthy weight.
What’s your BMI?
A healthy weight is one that is right for your body type and height and is based on your body mass index (BMI) and the size of your waist (waist circumference). If you are age 20 or older, use the Interactive Tool: Is Your BMI Increasing Your Health Risks? In order to know your your BMI,use calculator to check your BMI when you know your height in feet, weight in pounds, and waist circumference.This is how it is calculated:
BMI=Mass(kg)/Height(m2) i.e. BMI=Mass in kg divided by height in meter squared.
Calculated from a person’s height and weight, BMI breaks down into four categories:
Underweight: BMI below 18.5
Normal: BMI ranging between18.5 and 24.9
Overweight: BMI between 25 and 29.9
Obese: BMI of 30 or higher
If you are Asian, your recommended weight range may be lower. Talk to your doctor.
It’s important to remember that your BMI is only one measure of your health. A person who is not at a “normal” weight according to BMI charts may be healthy if he or she has healthy eating habits and exercises regularly. People who are thin but don’t exercise or eat nutritious foods aren’t necessarily healthy just because they are thin.
What’s your waist size?
After you know your BMI, it’s time to look at your waist size.
Measuring your waist can help you find out how much fat you have stored around your belly. People who are “apple-shaped” and store fat around their belly are more likely to develop weight-related diseases than people who are “pear-shaped” and store most of their fat around their hips.
Diseases that are related to weight include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.And all these are dangerous.
How To Measure Your Waist Size
To measure your waist size (circumference), place a tape measure around your bare abdomen just above your hip bone. Be sure that the tape is snug, but does not compress your skin, and is parallel to the floor. Relax, exhale, and measure your waist.
For most people, the goal for a healthy waist is:
Less than 40 in. (102 cm) for men.
Less than 35 in. (88 cm) for women.
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