Healthy Weight BMI - How to Determine
But keeping tabs on your weight is the first line of defense in fighting off disease. While genetics play a role a person's natural body composition, it is still important to stay within the limits of a healthy weight in relationship to your height and age. The following helps to determine a healthy weight.
Calculate your BMIYour Body Mass Index (BMI) is a formula used by health and fitness professionals to determine whether a person is underweight, at a healthy weight, overweight or obese. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following ranges for BMI:
- Less than 18.5 is underweight
- 18.5 to 24.9 is at a healthy weight
- 25 to 29.9 is overweight
- 30 and higher is obese
After you have calculated your number, refer to the above chart to see where you fall. Remember that BMI is a guide to determine weight and can give you an idea of whether or not you weigh more or less than you should.
If your BMI is over 25, it is a good indication that you need to start an exercise regimen and revamp your diet with healthier options. If it is less than 18.5, your body may be malnourished. Either case, consult a dietitian for proper nutrition consultation.
Measure Your WaistKnowing your waist circumference is important for two reasons:
- It determines whether you are overweight
- It determines whether you are at risk for disease
If you are at risk for disease, see your physician and discuss with him or her how to turn your circumstances around with a proper fitness and nutrition program as soon as possible. Your life depends on it.