Your weight can be a cause for concern — whether you are overweight or underweight. Both scenarios can lead to health complications. Underweight people are at a higher risk of osteoporosis, dementia, and infections, while being overweight leads to a higher risk for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
There is no such thing as a single ideal healthy weight. Besides age, a person’s ideal weight depends on their muscle-fat ratio, fat distribution, gender, build, and height. It also varies according to geography and race. With so many complicating factors it becomes difficult to estimate a healthy weight for your age.
That's why it's important to keep in mind other numbers besides what the bathroom scale says. One of the most common and useful metrics is BMI — Body Mass Index. This calculator takes your height and weight into consideration and estimates whether you are healthy, underweight, overweight, or obese. Although BMI does not measure body fat directly, the results from this calculator correlate closely to other methods of estimating healthy weight and associated risk variables.
Other methods to measure whether you are in a healthy weight range are:
Getting to Your Healthy Weight Range
Just because you are young and feel healthy, does not mean that you are at a healthy weight. And if you are, then it's best to maintain that weight range throughout your life. When you get older, you may gain weight as your metabolism slows down. You will then have to take a different approach to maintain that healthy weight. But whatever your age may be, it’s not too late to take action today.
Here are a few things you can do to get started: