How much should I weigh for my height?
Determine your suitable weight to height ratio can help you prevent obesity related illness or even future disability later in life.
Health professionals recognize that people who are obese and have weight related health issues or a family background of such issues will advantage from weight reduction. Even a small weight loss of ten to twenty pounds will strengthen your general health. When you lose weight, it will reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.
It’s very important to know much you should weigh for your height. This will determine your well being. A shorter person will have more trouble if he/she is obese, due to the fact that too much weight can cause the stress on their bones and muscles. A taller person on the contrary, can have more weight but only up to some level.
You will know how much you should weight for your height if you know your BMI. What is BMI? BMI stands for Body Mass Index, it is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI gives a correct indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
To determine how much you should weight for your height is simple. I will give outline how to calculate below.
Formula to Calculate Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI = ( your weight/(height squared ))x 703- Weight must be in pounds and Height must be in inches.
BMI = weight /(height squared) – Weight must be in kilograms and Height must be in meters.
For example: if your weight is 200 pounds, and your height is 68 inches (5 feet and 8 inches), then your BMI will be
BMI = ((200/68*68)) * 703 = 30.40 This is obese.
If you want to know whether you have normal weight, overweight or even too skinny then use the formula above to calculate how much you should weigh. After you get the result then read below to find out.
If your BMI = 18.5 or less, It’s very low BMI: This means you are under weight. It's advisable to gain more weight.
If Your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9: This means you have normal weight. It's recommended to maintain this healthy weight.
If your BMI is between 25 and 29.5: This is a high BMI. You are overweight. It's recommended to lose weight.
If your BMI=30 and more, it's very high BMI. You are considered obese. It is strongly recommended that you should start losing weight as soon as possible.