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- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
- Overweight = 25-29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
The healthy weight range is based on a measurement known as the body mass index (BMI). This can be determined if you know your weight and your height.
Frame sizes vary and it is difficult for any simple measurement to establish a person’s frame. It is more accurate to recommend a weight range, rather than a specific weight for a given height.
A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is the normal healthy weight range
A person with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is classified as overweight.
Generally speaking, obesity can be diagnosed when a person has a BMI of greater than 30
If the waist circumference exceeds 88cm in women and 102cm in men, regardless of height, weight loss is essential.
The waist-hip ratio determines the body’s distribution of fat. An advisable waist-hip ratio would be
Less than 1,0 for males
Less than 0,85 for females
Weight loss reduces the risk factors and many other symptoms of obesity. Physical benefits include improvement in tiredness, joint pain, angina, sweating, menstrual problems and urination problems. It also significantly reduces the risk of death from associated diseases and metabolic abnormalities. Psychological benefits include an improvement in productivity and sexual functioning.