People have started realizing the importance of ideal body weight. Maintaining ideal body weight is important not only for cosmetic reasons but also to keep yourself fit and healthy. This is why many of us wonder about our ideal weight as per our respective height and age. But the question is ‘Whether weight is linked with height or the age of a person?’ Well, the answer is YES. In fact, there is a very close connection between all these entities such as body weight, height and age.
Nowadays as most of us are suffering from some sort of health issues it is important to know about your ideal body weight. If you are overweight or obese, you can suffer from various health problems such as heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and certain cancers. On the other hand, if you are underweight, then also you can have various health problems. Less than the required body weight can lead to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and a lack of energy.
Before you are planning to lose or gain weight fast, you must be aware of the fact that whether you need to lose or gain weight. This is important as unnecessary weight gain and weight loss can lead to different health issues which you will definitely don’t want.
Every person has a unique body structure, body weight and height. Today, there are various ways to find out whether you have the appropriate body weight as per your height or how much you need to reduce or gain in order to acquire the ideal body weight. On all the tools, the most popular one is BMI which refers to the Body Mass Index.
What is BMI?
Body Mass Index or simply BMI is a tool that measures the overall fat of the body on the basis of their body weight and height. In simple terms it is a ratio of your weight to your height. The body mass index is the same for women and for men. BMI takes into account that taller people have more tissue than shorter people, and so tend to weigh more.
If the BMI is below 18.5, the person is termed as underweight, while people having BMI from 18.5 to 24.9 are considered to have normal weight. People having BMI between 25 and 29.9 are known as overweight while those above 30 are called as obese. So, in order to check out the right weight of a person at a particular age, one needs to calculate their body mass index.
How to calculate your BMI?
Generally, there are two ways to calculate your Body Mass Index:
BMI = weight in kilograms/ (height in meters squared)
BMI = (weight in pounds/ (height in inches squared)) x 703
In the first case, you can measure BMI by using meters and kilograms. For example a person having weight 75kg and height of 162 cm (1.62m) will have a BMI of 28.6. The calculation goes like this: [75 ÷ (1.62)²] = 28.6
In the second case, you can measure BMI by using inches and pounds. For example a person having weight of 180 lbs and height of 70 inches (5 feet and 10 inches), will have a BMI of 24.41 The calculation goes like this: [(180/72*72)] * 703 = 24.41
If you don’t love math, there are many simple BMI calculators available online. Just have your height and weight information and you can calculate BMI online.
Worldwide, health experts agree that:
• BMI of less than 18.5 indicates underweight
• BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9 indicates healthy weight
• BMI of between 25.0 and 29.9 indicates overweight
• BMI of 30.0 and over indicates obese
In the light of this consistent evidence, a healthy weight is defined as a weight that gives you a body mass index (BMI) of between 18.5 and 24.9.
Although the body mass index (BMI) can be used by most adults, both men and women, it does have some limits. First, this tool does not count age as one of the factors for determining your ideal weight. Age is a common factor affecting the height and weight of a person. BMI does not take into consideration muscle weight, which may also be a reason for weight gain. Also it does not consider bone density. Muscle and bone are denser than fat, so an athlete or muscular person may have a high body mass index, but not be fat. It may also underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle.
While Body Mass Index (BMI) gives you an indication of where you stand, a regular health check up by a qualified professional every 6 months could help prevent serious health complications in the future.
Apart from BMI, there are two other options to calculate your ideal weight as per your height.
1. Waist/Hip Ratio: The length of your waist in comparison with your hip size
2. Body Fat Percentage: How much of your weight is because of the fat
Every method has its limitations. Hence, several factors have to be considered while determining ideal body weight as per your height. Factors such as the age of a person, gender, bone density and muscle/ fat ratio must be taken into consideration while determining proportionate body weight.
Weight and Height Chart:
For people between ages of 18 to 60, here is a good chart which can help you to know your ideal weight as per your height.
So one of the useful health tips are to determine whether you have a healthy weight, which is your ideal weight, or overweight, obese or underweight. Once you have the result in your hand, you must plan for weight loss, weight gain or simply maintaining your current body weight. It is always best to consult a proper fitness expert, a dietician or a doctor to determine if your weight and your body mass index are appropriate for your age and height or not. Healthy eating and regular exercise can help you to achieve your ideal weight as per your height.