How much do you weigh? Is it healthy for your body?
Find out where you stand, It may drive you to take some positive steps toward change.
Am I at a healthy weight? It’s an important question.
One way doctors use to answer this question is the body max index, or BMI — an estimate of how much body fat you have.The results are based on your height and weight.
BMI Table for Adults
This is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended body weight based on BMI values for adults. It is used for both men and women, age 18 or older.
Why does it matter?
A high BMI raises your risk of some of the leading causes of chronic illness and death. That includes type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
If your BMI isn’t where it should be, discuss it with your doctor. Together you can decide the necessary steps to take, to ensure you’re at a healthy stand.
There’s good news if you do need to lose some weight. Even a little weight loss — 5 to 10 percent of your body weight — may help you improve your health.
Ps: BMI isn’t perfect.
It doesn’t literally measure fat. So in some cases, it may not be the best way to know if you need to lose weight. For instance bodybuilders, may have a high BMI without excess body fat. If you have questions about your BMI, be sure to talk with your doctor.