In this article, we will explain common methods to help you work this out.If you want a very quick way to tell if you have a healthy weight, you can do it by calculating your body mass index (BMI). BMI may not be a term that’s on everyone’s lips, but it’s important for your health to understand what it is and to know your number.
What is BMI?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. BMI can be used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems but it is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual.
Here are the formulas to calculate BMI:
Weight and height guide chart
Look at this chart to find your ideal weight according to your height
The following weight and height chart uses the National Institute of Health’s body mass index tables to determine how much your healthy weight should be for your height.
Is This BMI Chart Suitable for All Adults?
This chart is suitable for most people aged 18 and over. But, it may not be suitable if you have a very muscular build.
This is because having lots of muscle may put you in the overweight or obese categories, even if you have little body fat.
For example, professional rugby players can fall into the “obese” category despite having very little body fat. However, this will not apply to most people.
In addition to BMI, your waist circumference can provide information about your health. You can learn more about it in my article about why body shape matters.
What Can BMI Tell You?
Because elevated BMI and a BMI that is too low are both associated with health problems, BMI can give you a general idea of where your health stands with regard to weight-related issues.
Being too thin can put you at risk for nutritional deficiencies, muscle loss, and other problems.
On the other end of the spectrum, being obese is associated with an increased risk of many serious and even deadly health conditions. Some of these include:
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol levels
- Sleep apnea
- Gallbladder dysfunction
- Heart disease
What Can’t BMI Tell You?
Although a person with a very high or very low BMI may be at more obvious risk of developing specific health problems, people in the middle of the spectrum are often left scratching their heads.
Someone with a BMI that indicates being slightly overweight may actually be healthier and have a lower body fat percentage than someone with a lower BMI number in the “healthy” range. BMI cannot tell you your body fat percentage. For example and as previously mentioned, some people, such as heavily muscled athletes, may have a high BMI even though they don’t have a high percentage of body fat.
BMI does not take into account age, gender, or muscle mass. Nor does it distinguish between lean body mass and fat mass. In others, such as elderly people, BMI may appear normal even though muscle has been lost with aging.
BMI also cannot tell you whether you have visceral fat, which can increase your risk of getting a heart attack.
BMI also does not take into account where your fat is located. Some people gain weight in their abdominal regions (the so-called ”apple” body shape). Others are ”pear-shaped,” with excess weight around the hips and buttocks. People with apple shapes are at higher risk for health problems associated with being overweight.
BMI cannot account for race-based or sex-based differences among ideal, healthy body size and weight.
Additionally, someone who was formerly obese but lost a lot of weight quickly may now have a BMI in the “healthy” range, but could still be at risk for developing obesity-related illnesses due to a lifetime of being overweight.
BMI can give you a ballpark idea of how healthy your weight is, but it can’t see into your future. So, while it’s important to know where your body mass stands, it is just one measure that shows a limited amount of information about your health. BMI should be used as a general guide to weight health rather than taken as all-seeing health gospel.
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Source : healthyandnaturalworld