Back to Healthy weight. You can use this chart to check if you're the right weight for your height. Alternatively, you can use the BMI healthy weight calculator.
Body mass index, or BMI, is a way to help you figure out if you are at a healthy weight for your height. BMI is a number based on your weight and height. In general, the higher the number, the more body fat a person has.
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BMI does not measure body fat directly, but research has shown that BMI is moderately correlated with more direct measures of body fat obtained from skinfold thickness measurements, bioelectrical impedance, densitometry underwater weighingdual energy x-ray absorptiometry DXA and other methods 1,2,3. Furthermore, BMI appears to be as strongly correlated with various metabolic and disease outcome as are these more direct measures of body fatness 4,5,6,7,8,9. In general, BMI is an inexpensive and easy-to-perform method of screening for weight category, for example underweight, normal or healthy weight, overweight, and obesity.
Not only will it help you feel better and look better, but research shows it plays an important role in reducing the risk of several types of chronic disease. Excess body fat leads to a higher risk for premature death, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, respiratory dysfunction, gout, arthritis, and certain kinds of cancers. Locate your height in the left-most column and read across the row for your height to your weight.
A BMI of 22 is in the middle of the normal weight range and is associated with the best health outcomes. Remember that ideal weight is not an absolute target for either appearance or health. The values in the charts are estimates and may not take into account factors like muscle mass or health conditions that affect weight.
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What's the best way to determine a healthy weight? You can find out what your body mass index is by using the interactive BMI calculator, or you can look at your height and weight in the chart below. Determining how much you should weigh is not a simple matter of looking at a height-weight chart, but includes considering the amount of bone, muscle and fat in your body's composition.