Height and Weight chart
(Calculate your ideal body weight through height and weight chart)
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Source: National Institutes of Health, USA.
Height Weight Chart
Interpreting Height and Weight chart
Remember that this chart is only suitable for people aged 18 and over. This applies for both Adult Men and women.
You should know your height before using below chart.
1) Locate your height at height column- vertically and look horizontally at Healthy (Normal) weight range. This healthy weight range
is your ideal body weight range. If your weight is in this range then you are healthy weight and your further goal is to keep this
weight ideal by consuming balanced food and physical activity.
Healthy weight is also called as ideal weight or Normal weight.
2) If your weight is not into healthy weight column then look into overweight and obese column. Once you find your column then
by comparing to healthy weight column you will come to know how much weight you should reduce to achieve healthy weight.
Height Weight Chart works like charm.
Using above Height and weight chart will tell you whether you are normal (healthy weight), Overweight or Obese.
Normal (Healthy )Weight
On a Mission to make a Healthier World
On this page
• What is Height Weight Chart?
• If you have a Healthy (Normal) body Weight
• If you are underweight
• If you are Overweight or Obese
• Key facts about Obesity and Overweight World wide
• How you become Overweight or obese?
What is Height Weight Chart?
One of the most common questions we receive in our email inbox is "how much should I weigh for my height? OR what should be my normal weight"
Height weight chart is used to find your current weight status in terms of Normal weight, Overweight or Obese.
First up all there are two ways to find your weight status :-
1. You can use height weight chart to check your weight for your height as shown below
2. Alternatively, you can use the BMI healthy weight calculator. Visit this page to use this Body Mass Index Calculator
If your weight is falling outside normal weight range like Underweight or Obese or Overweight then please check below details to understand how to overcome these situations.
Healthy Tip - If you don't take care of your health today, you will be forced to take care of your illness tomorrow!
Important Note - As we grow older our metabolism slows down but our good intake remains same so the cautious advice is to maintain the balance by increasing the physical activity and consuming less calories. It is also recommended to keep checking your BMI very quarter or 6 months once you cross 50 years.
If your BMI or height weight chart is showing in overweight category then you need to act faster to bring your weight into normal range because if no action is taken then overweight body may move into obese category and it is much more health hazardous then overweight.
Visit this page if you want to know health risks and diseases related to obesity and overweight
If you have a Healthy (Normal) body Weight
If you're in normal weight range then there is nothing to worry at this moment.
It is recommended to keep your current food/diet practice and physical activities to maintain Normal weight status in future as well.
If you are underweight
Underweight is a term describing a person whose body weight is considered too low to be healthy. The definition usually refers to people with a body mass index (BMI) of under 18.5 or a weight 15% to 20% below that normal for their age and height group.
If you are still not aware of your weight status then please visit BMI Calculator page to find your weight status or use above mentioned height weight chart.
Being underweight can damage your health. Weighing too little can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and feeling tired.
Being underweight is often not taken as seriously as being overweight. All of us see advertisements on natural diets, various health products and weight loss pills promising to lose weight. That is altogether different discussion whether any of these products work but here the point to highlight is underweight is also serious health problem as compared to Overweight and Obesity.
It’s not much fun for those people who are desperately trying to put on weight. For some people it can be even more difficult gaining pounds than losing them.
But the reality is that being underweight can cause health problems.
What are the Causes of Underweight?
There are various reasons for a person to be underweight but at a broad level we will see some probable reasons for being underweight.
While some underweight people are otherwise physically healthy, others suffer from underlying health problems that should be treated.
The following are some possible causes of being underweight:
Medical Reasons for being Underweight
• Genetics. If you’ve been thin since high school and being thing runs in your family, it’s likely that you were born with a higher-than-
usual metabolism. You also may have a naturally small appetite.
• Some Serious Illnesses. Being sick can affect your appetite, as well as your body’s ability to use and store food. If you’ve recently
lost a lot of weight without any specific reason then it may be a sign of disease, such as thyroid problems, diabetes, digestive
diseases or even cancer. Be sure to talk to your medical practitioner about sudden weight loss.
• Some Medicines. Certain prescription medicines can cause nausea and weight loss. Some treatments, such as chemotherapy, can
reduce appetite and worsen weight loss from illness.
General Reasons for being Underweight
• Have you been unwell recently?
• Have you been skipping your food (breakfast or lunch) and just eating snacks whenever you are hungry?
• Have you been trying to reduce weight without focusing more on your food and calories?
• High Physical activities. If you’re an athlete, you are probably aware that frequent workouts can affect your body weight.
However, high physical activity can also flow from an active job or an energetic personality. If you’re on your feet frequently, you
may burn more calories than people who are more sedentary (inactive).So high physical activity requires lot of calorie intake.
• Various Psychological concerns. Our mental well being affects every part of our lives. Factors like stress and depression can
healthy eating habits. Severe body image fears and distortions can also lead to eating disorders. If you’re suffering from damaging
emotional issues, be sure to talk to your doctor.
How Underweight affects your Body
Unexplained weight loss may require professional medical diagnosis. So consult your family doctor. But how underweight affects your body at larger level is mentioned here:-
Severely underweight individuals may have poor physical stamina and a weak immune system, leaving them open to infection.
Weak immune system. When we don’t take in enough nutrients, our body cannot store energy and may also have difficulty fighting illness. It may also be difficult for our immune system to bounce back after being sick.
Underweight status ... and micronutrient deficiencies also cause decreases in immune and non-immune host defenses, and should be classified as underlying causes of death if followed by infectious diseases that are the terminal associated causes.
Anemia. This condition can be caused by iron deficiency, folate deficiency and vitamin B12 deficiency, resulting in dizziness, fatigue and headaches.
In women, being grossly underweight can result in amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), infertility and possible complications during pregnancy. It can also cause anemia and hair loss.
Osteoporosis (Fragile bones) - Being underweight is an established risk factor for osteoporosis, even for young people. This is a particularly dangerous consequence, because the affected persons do not notice the danger. After the occurrence of first spontaneous fractures the damage is often already permanent.
If you are Overweight or Obese
What exactly is Overweight body or Obese?
Instead of using any medical terms we will define it in simple language. In simple terms - Overweight or Obese is having more body fat than is optimally healthy.
A measurement based on your height and weight, called your body mass index or BMI, is considered to be a better measure of your weight status. In fact, the medical terms "overweight" and "obesity" are based on BMI values.
A BMI between 25 and 30 is defined as overweight, and a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. The higher the BMI, the greater risk of developing a weight related illnesses. If you are not aware of your health status then please go through above mentioned height weight chart or use BMI Calculator.
Maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the best ways to avoid weight-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Diseases and health risks related to overweight or obesity.
When www.aboutbmi.com started researching about overweight and obesity situation, we came across some dreadful facts and figures about overweight and obesity.
Please take a look on below figures and envisage how fast we are moving towards this disease.
Key facts about Obesity and Overweight World
1. More than 50% of the world’s 671 million obese live in 10 countries: US,
China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan, and
2. The US, United Kingdom, and Australia are among the high-income
countries with large gains in obesity among men and women.
3. Over the 33-year period of research, the Middle East showed large
increases in obesity. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait
among the countries with the largest increases in obesity globally.
4. In six countries, all in the Middle East and Oceania - Kuwait, Kiribati, the
Federated States of Micronesia, Libya, Qatar, and
Samoa - the prevalence of obesity for women exceeds 50%.
5. In sub-Saharan Africa, the highest obesity rates (42%) are seen among
South African women.
Source - WHO (world health Organisation)
2015 Prediction by WHO (World Health Organization)
The World Health Organization predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015 and more than
700 million of them will be obese.
Source - WHO (world health Organisation)
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How you become Overweight or obese?
Overweight or Obesity means a person have more body fat then required.
In medical terms - Weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height is described as overweight or obese.
Body Mass Index, or BMI, is used as a screening tool for overweight or obesity.
For Overweight person - BMI ranging in between 25 to 29.9 and Obesity person carry BMI above 30.
To find your BMI please visit BMI calculator
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Most of the people worldwide suffer through overweight or obese due to primarily two reasons
1.More calorie(food) consumption
2.No physical activity
A calorie is defined as a unit of energy supplied by food and is a calorie regardless of its source - carbohydrates, fats, sugars, or proteins, all of them contain calories.
It takes approximately 3,500 calories below your calorie needs to lose a pound of body fat - to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, the caloric intake must be reduced by 500-1000 calories per day.
Other important reasons for being overweight or obese are:-
• Genes and Family History
• Medical Reasons
• Emotional Factors
• Lack of Sleep
Various researches shows that there has been a global shift in diet towards increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients and this along with a trend towards decreased physical activity has had a large impact on worldwide increase in overweight and obesity rates.
The increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation and increasing urbanization have added to the problem.
Important note - There are various health risks and diseases related to overweight or obese. Please visit this page to read more about it and spread awareness