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Are You Overweight?

Common Ways To Decide If You Are Overweight

1. BMI - “Body Mass Index”

This is a body fat index that is arrived at by relating your weight, in kilos, to the square of your height in meters. The following website will perform the calculation for you, leaving you only to input your height and weight:

The calculation for children is different. The BMI calculator above has a separate section for children

The World Health Organisation has established standards that are generally accepted. A result between 18,5 and 25 is considered to be right. Under 18,5 is underweight. A result between 25 and 30 signifies overweight, while 30 to 40 is considered obese. Over 40 is morbidly obese.


BMI Limitations

The BMI has considerable limitations. It can, for example, be totally misleading in the case of people who do a lot of exercise and so have more than average muscle mass. It can also be wrong for older people, who have lost a lot of muscle mass and gained fat. Your weight and BMI may be fine yet you might still have dangerous fat round your middle.

Despite these well-known problems with BMI, it continues to be the most-used measure of overweight.

2. Measure Your Waist

(1)   Waist Measure 

This sounds like a crude way of deciding whether you are overweight, but it works well. It measures you for extra fat around your middle, which is much more dangerous for your health than if the extra is around your hips. Measure your waist just above your hips and just after you breathe out.

There is no formal definitive standard for what makes a good result. It is, though, generally considered that over 40 inches (102 cms.) for men and 35 inches (89 cms.) for women makes them (probably) overweight.

(2)    Waist Measure

There is another, even simpler way, of using your waist measurement to decide whether you have dangerous fat around your middle and are, thefore, probably overweight.

Your waist-line should not be more than half your height with this method of checking your weight. If you are 6 feet (1m 83) in height, say, then your waist should not be over 3 feet/36 inches (91 cms.). If you are 5 feet 10 inches, say, then that´s 70 inches. So – your waist-line should not be over 35 inches.

This sounds like a crude simplistic way of deciding whether you need to lose weight. However, many experts consider that this measurement can give a better result than working out BMI..

It is best to decide on whether you are overweight using the BMI and the waist measurements above. They are, after all, free and quick and easy to work out.



If You Are Overweight, Start to Reduce

It is best to decide on whether you are overweight using the BMI and the waist measurements above. They are, after all, free and quick and easy to work out.

If you are overweight, then it is a good idea to plan on doing something about it very soon. Even if it´s only by a small amount, because most people who are severely overweight started by being a just a bit over. If you are obese, then you should certainly visit your doctor before embarking on a reduction plan.

You will need to establish a target weight for yourself. It should be realistic! Just a few pounds a month, adds up to a considerable amount over a year. To see our recommended weight loss plan, click the START button.

Check With Your Doctor

If you are very overweight or obese, you should consult with your doctor before starting a weight reduction plan.  Likewise, if you have any other significant health problem. 

In case of doubt, go to the doctor!

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