Understanding Weight And Waist Size
Do You Know Your Weight And Waist Size – It’s Important
What Should I Know?
When measuring weight it is important to take the persons height into consideration. There are specific heights to weight ratios which are in the “healthy range” and others which are not so healthy.
This is why measuring your weight on a bathroom scale doesn’t tell us a great deal. For example, someone tall and carrying extra belly fat may fall into the healthy height to weight category, whilst someone shorter with the same amount of extra belly fat may fall into an overweight category. The bathroom scales will not show this.
A more accurate measurement, but by no means perfect is the body mass index (BMI), your weight in kilograms divided by the square of your height in meters. This is also known as the height to weight ratio scale.
The body mass index chart is a fast and effective way to see if you fall within a healthy height to weight range, or how far out of the healthy range you are situated.
The BMI chart may show false results if you have a lot of muscle or you are pregnant.
- Muscle is heavier than fat so the chart may show you in an overweight category even though you have minimal body fat.
- In pregnancy the weight of the fetus and temporary weight changes can skew the results
Take a look at the body mass index (BMI) chart and see where you are situated.
Another important measurement is the circumference of your waist. Visceral fat around your stomach (the spare tyre) is also stored around you internal organs, and is linked to an increased risk of conditions such as:
- Coronary heart disease
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sleep disorders
Carrying added weight also increases pressure on your joints increasing the risk of conditions such as osteoarthritis
- When measuring your waist use a tape measure – preferably the material type which come in most sewing kits
- Measure your waist at the half way point between the top of your hips and the bottom of your ribs.
What’s A Healthy Waist Size?
European women – maximum 88cm (35 inches)
European men – maximum 102cm (40 inches)
Black African, African Caribbean and South Asian women – maximum 80cm (32 inches)
Black African, African Caribbean and South Asian men – maximum 90cm (35.5 inches)
Your weight and waist size work together and are two of the most important measurements to monitor if you want to reach, or maintain optimal health.