Q: Am I in the healthy weight range?

Ans:Just like metabolism, a person's weight varies with his or her gender, age and build. Naturally, we would expect a moderately 30-year-old male who is of a bigger build to be heavier than a female child. To know if you are in the healthy weight range, we can always refer to a height-against-weight chart, which lists the suggested healthy weight a person. Similiarly, we can calculate our BMI (Body Mass Index). To calculate your BMI, simply, take your height in metres and square it, then take your height in kilograms, divide by your height-squared.

Example: Denise is 1.6 metres tall and weights 70 kg. To calculate her BMI, simply;

(1.6) x (1.6) = 2.56

70kg / 2.56 = 27.34

Therefore, we know that Denise's BMI is 27.34, which is slightly overweight. The healthy range for a female should be below 25, whereas that for a male should be below 22.

Tips: 1 kilogram = 2.2 lbs (pounds); 30 cm = 1 foot;

2.5 cm= 1 inch

Alternatively, you can click here to access the BMI Generator, which uses a pound system.

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