Health Tip: Are You at a Healthy Weight?

Health Tip: Are You at a Healthy Weight?

Health Tip: Are You at a Healthy Weight?

Use body-mass index to help decide

(HealthDay News) -- Looking in the mirror or at the tag of your pants isn't the best way to see if you're at a healthy weight.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this advice:

  • Calculate your body-mass index (BMI). You can use one of the many online BMI calculators, such as this one: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm.
  • A BMI of 18.25 to 24.9 represents a healthy weight.
  • A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight, while 30.0 or greater is obese.
  • Measure your waist circumference with a tape measure, without wearing clothing. Place the tape measure just above your hip around your abdomen.
  • Men should have a waist circumference of 40 inches or less, while women (not pregnant) should be 35 inches or less.
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