Do you have a weight problem?

Do you know if you are overweight or obese? Or do you really are? You can check it out using the Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a recognised international guidelines to assess an adult’s body weight in relation to their height.

The calculation is simple: BMI = your weight in kilograms divided by your height in metres (squared).

The BMI calculator is very useful to work this out, just input your weight and height and it will calculate your BMI for you.

Commonly accepted BMI ranges are:

BMI under 18.5: Underweight

Although you don’t need to lose more weight, you are at risk of other problems such as no menstrual periods, bone loss, nutrient deficient and others.

BMI 18.5 – 24.99: Normal weight

You are within healthy weight guidelines and the risk of weight-related problem is minimal.

BMI 25 – 29.99: Overweight (pre-obese)

You are at caution zone for overweight, and have slightly increased risk of health problems.

BMI 30 – 34.99: Obese class 1

You are very overweight or officially “obese”.  The risk of weight-related problem increases considerably.

BMI 35 – 40: Obese class 2

Severe risk of death and weight-related disease and health problems.

BMI over 40: Obese class 3

Extremely high risk of early death and weight-related disease and health problems.

Also by measuring your waist circumference, your natural waist about 1 inch above belly button, you can get a strong indication of whether you are at risk from your weight. Waist circumference over 94cm (37in) in men, and over 80cm (31.5in) in women indicates slight health risk, so you need to start taking care of yourself!

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