Height Weight Chart And Free BMI Calculator

By Sam Jones

Lots of visitors to my website have commented on my article relating to the question: Am I Overweight? For this article I did some research relating to the current trends and opinions on measuring healthy weight using the healthy weight chart.

The healthy weight chart is a fairly crude formula that takes into account many general factors relating to the overall body shape of a person.

The healthy weight chart sometimes referred to as the height weight chart can be very confusing to some people.

To clarify, these charts can be used to produce a rough idea of where we are in a healthy weight range, what band we fall into based on a height and weight formula.

If you are not familiar with these charts you may well have seen one pinned to your doctor's wall in his surgery, but this method of calculating healthy body mass is not without its critics.

There is a particular problem with the modern diet that means that many of us now carry excessive and disproportionate amounts of fat around our waistline.

The height weight chart is used to give an approximation of whether you are within a healthy weight range.

The healthy weight range system is a collection of data from many thousands of people worldwide and is designed using an average of many different people's data.

For the vast majority of the population the height weight chart gives a realistic picture of where you are within the range of healthy weight.

The real question though is, if the height weight chart can be relied upon?

Be aware that these simple tools can produce some misleading results for some people:

We identified a subject (over 6 foot in height) who has now been assessed as being at risk of fatty liver disease, even though his healthy weight range score indicated otherwise. This is an example of the problems with this simple system.

If you are tall but carry excessive weight around your abdominal region you should seek medical advice as you may be at increased risk of disease.

Men with an abdominal circumference of above 40 inches who are over 6 feet tall could be mislead as they may be considered in the overweight but not at risk category according to their BMI using the healthy weight chart.

Conclusion: Instead of relying on a generalised BMI healthy weight system you should pay attention to fat distribution in the abdominal region and also overall body fat percentage as a more accurate and personalised approach to determining healthy weight.

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