How We Measure Healthy Weight

Healthy weight and obesity is among the most popular topics that masses discuss all around the world. Not only is it a concern for the laypeople, it is also highly considered by the researchers and healthcare givers. One of the bigger questions on healthy weight is how we can measure it. Mostly the proposed measure is the Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is measured by dividing the weight in kilograms by height in metres; then this number is divided by the height again to take out BMI. From 18.5 to 24.9 BMI is considered normal. Below 18.5 is underweight; above 25 is overweight. Crossing 29 makes the person officially obese.

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BMI, however, has limitations. Hence we can look ahead to other calculations as well. One of them is Waist to Hip ratio (WHR). As the name suggests it is a measure of waist circumference to the hip area circumference. The number suggests how much weight is accumulated in the lower body and comparing it to a standard chart, we can figure out healthy weight.

Otherwise we can also determine the Body-Fat Percentage. The level and form of fat is varying from person to person and also significantly different in men and women. Normally, women tend to have more fat than men. Body-Fat Percentage can be checked with the help of a doctor. If you wish to do it at home you may have to enter your weight, height, waist circumference, wrist, circumference and such information in an online calculator. This will calculate and suggest if you are over, under or normal in weight.

Bentham Science has a new journal launched in 2018 to cover all the latest research studies on healthy weight and obesity:

Current Obesity Research & Therapy

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