Assessment: Are you a Healthy Weight?

You can check whether you are a healthy weight by using the height/weight graph here. Height and weight measurements can be used to calculate your body mass index (BMI), an indicator of body fat. Even if the graph indicates that you are a healthy weight, you are still at increased risk of cardiovascular disease if your waist measurement is greater than 89 cm (35 in) for women and 102 cm (40 in) for men.

Measuring your waist

Your waist measurement indicates whether you have excess abdominal fat.

Using the graph

Find your height and weight on the axes. Trace a vertical line from your height and a horizontal line from your weight. The point at which the lines cross on the graph indicates whether or not you are within a healthy range.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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