Find the weight that is best for YOU!
A chart cannot tell you exactly what number you should see on the scale. Often a healthy weight is a range and takes different factors into account such as bone structure, height, and activity level. A healthy weight is also a place where you feel your best and can maintain it easily. It is not necessarily your lowest weight or a weight you can only reach by taking drastic, unhealthy measures. Weight is partly determined by genes since our genes determine our height, frame size, and body composition which all impact what a healthy weight is for you.
Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference are screening tools that help to estimate a healthy weight and determine health risks related to your size.
- If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the underweight range.
- If your BMI is 18.5-24.9, it falls within the normal or healthy weight range.
- If your BMI is 25-29.9, it falls within the overweight range.
- If your BMI is 30 or higher, it falls within the obese range.
Waist circumference is a helpful tool because it helps to determine your potential disease risk. Having a larger waist size puts you at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease. Your waist size is considered to be "high risk" if it is more than 40 inches for a man or 35 inches for a woman.