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As we age, we tend to be more cautious about our health.
We want to discover more about our body, weight, and height to learn how to take care of ourselves and be more healthy.
Normally, our goal is to reach our ideal weight. Ideal weight is used to know the expected weight of a healthy normal individual based on age, sex, and height. Learning it would help you decide what diet plan or workout routine you need to achieve your weight goals.
How to calculate your ideal weight?
One way to know your ideal weight range is through your Body Mass Index or BMI. BMI is an approximate measure of whether someone has a healthy weight, or is underweight, or overweight. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters.
Weight is the amount that a person weighs, measured in units such as kilograms or pounds.
Height is the measurement of a person from head to foot, measured in units such as meters or feet.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI),
- Underweight – Your BMI is less than 18.5.
- Normal weight – Your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9.
- Overweight – Your BMI is between 25 and 29.9.
- Obesity – Your BMI is 30 or higher.
You may also use the calculator below to know your BMI.
Is BMI accurate?
BMI may not always be accurate. BMI does not distinguish between body fat and muscle mass. As a result, people who have more muscles, such as athletes, may have a high BMI and may appear overweight even though they have low body fat.
Health Risks of Being Underweight
Being underweight can cause a lot of health issues and may lead to serious health problems. Some people may experience,
- Weakened immune system
Health Risks of Being Overweight
Being overweight can cause health problems, the same as being underweight. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, some health risks are,
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart Diseases
- High Blood Pressure
- Kidney Diseases
- Pregnancy Problems
Remember, maintaining an ideal weight is a key component to stay healthy, but people can look great and be healthy in a wide range of body weights. The best way to keep fit is to have a healthy lifestyle, whatever your size and shape.