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How do I find out my healthy weight?

Pounds aren't the only way to gauge health, so if you're using the bathroom scale to check your weight, here are other, more accurate ways:
  • Body mass index (BMI): You can get an estimate of your body fat based on calculations of your height and weight.
  • Waist circumference: Anything more than 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. To measure your waist circumference, find the area between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone. Place a measuring tape on bare skin and wrap it around the narrowest part. The tape should be snug, but not constricting.
  • Waist-to-hip ratio: This measurement takes into account the proportions of your body by comparing your waist and hip circumferences.

    More than 75% of all people with type 2 diabetes either are or were obese at one time or another. But what is obesity? In medical terms, obesity refers to people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. Your doctor can help you determine your body mass index and a healthy weight for you. 

    To find out if you're at a healthy weight for your height, find your Body Mass Index (BMI). Below are the BMI categories for adults:


    Underweight = less than 18.5
    Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
    Overweight = 25-29.9
    Obese = BMI of 30 or greater

    This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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