What is a Healthy Weight?

 

A healthy weight is one that is right for the size and shape that you were born with, which is your body build.  This weight is neither too fat nor too thin, and you feel healthy and energetic and look better.  A healthy weight is also one where you have a reduced risk of developing many health problems such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or triglycerides, and diabetes.

 

The Body Mass Index or BMI Chart was developed to help people determine what is a healthy weight for them.  The BMI chart takes into account your weight and your height.  Usually, a BMI between 20 and 25 is considered normal, and a BMI between 25 and 27 is high normal.  Although the BMI was developed for people between the ages of 20 and 65, it has been used in individuals over 65.  Because we tend to gain weight as we age, the BMI range of 24 to 29 for people over 65 has been considered as reasonable.  The BMI is not accurate for children, pregnant women, and very muscular or athletic individuals.

 

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