What is your healthy weight?

November 12, 2012

What is your healthy weight?

There are many factors to take into consideration when talking about good health. Weight is one very important part but other factors include your family medical history, genetic make-up, diet, whether or not you are a smoker and how physically active you are

Weight is determined by a number of factors, which differ in each individual making it a tricky task to decipher everyone’s ideal weight. Everybody’s opinion and image of what a healthy weight should look like varies according to their environment and social surroundings. Comparing and aspiring to have the body and weight of a celebrity is not a good idea as many of them are below what is medically considered to be a healthy weight. Similarly, comparing yourself to friends may also have a negative effect if they are over weight. As obesity is becoming more and more common it is possible for us to start to believe that this is an average and acceptable weight, when in fact it is unhealthy and too heavy.

When assessing your own size it is important to stay objective and take into consideration all factors. There are a number of calculations you can do if you would like a more mathematical assessment of whether or not you are of a healthy weight rather than a subjective assessment, done by simply looking in the mirror.

You can use the Body Mass Index (BMI) to work out your weight in relation to your height. BMI is a popular method to check whether you are within a healthy weight range, however it neglects to take into account muscle mass. Another technique is to work out your waist circumference, which involves comparing the measurement taken around your hips compared to that of your waist. This method indicates whether or not you have excess fat stored around your middle and if so, whether or not it is of an unhealthy amount. Too much fat can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Alternatively, measure your body fat levels using special scales at your gym or doctors office. These scales send a small electrical pulse through your body, which will be passed on by lean tissue, muscle and blood but resisted by fat. Your fat content is related to the amount of resistance received.

If the results of these tests suggest that you are over weight, then you should seriously consider making some small changes to your lifestyle. It is often as simple as making some tweaks to your diet and reducing your calorie in take or increase the amount of physical activity you do each day. This could be as easy and as straight forward as taking a walk, just try to do something that raises your heartbeat. Results suggesting that you are under a healthy weight could be just as bad for you as being over weight. It can often mean that you are not eating enough and therefore not getting enough of the required nutrients. Anaemia is common in underweight young females, as is amenorrhoea (missed menstrual periods), which can lead to infertility. Insufficient calcium in take, in both men and women can lead to osteoporosis later in life. If you are in the healthy weight range but would like to tone up your body, then there is no need to adjust your diet but you may like start an exercise regime, which will help to enhance your general health and fitness.

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