How do I know if I am a healthy size?

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Not everyone can, or should, be skinny. But everyone can be healthier. Doctors use two common ways to tell if your weight is healthy for you.
  • Measure your height and weight. Your doctor will compare your height and weight to a chart called the body mass index chart (BMI). This helps tell if you should lose weight and about how much.
  • Measure around your waist. People who carry extra weight around their waist may be at higher health risk. Use a tape measure to measure around your waist. For women, more than 35 inches is too much. For men, more than 40 inches is too much. It's not good to be underweight or overweight. In the U.S., most people are overweight.

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