What is my Healthy Weight?

Finding a healthy weight is different for everyone. In general, there are three things to consider when determining your healthy weight: 

  • height
  • weight
  • waist size

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.