Finding a healthy weight is different for everyone. In general, there are three things to consider when determining your healthy weight:
Physicians often use a mathematical formula called body mass index, or BMI, to assess a healthy weight range for each person. The formula takes into account your height in inches and your weight in pounds; the result can tell you and your doctor if you are not achieving a healthy weight, which puts you at a greater risk for developing serious health problems.
According to the National Institutes of Health, a BMI score means the following:
- Below 18.5 – underweight
- 18.6 – 24.9 – normal weight
- 25 – 29.9 – overweight
- 30 and above – obese
For waist size, the calculation is straightforward. A waist measurement of 35 inches or more for women and 40 or more for men puts a person at a greater risk for developing conditions like heart disease or type 2 diabetes.