Are You Overweight?
It used to be said that if you could pinch more than an inch you needed to lose some weight! Today, the measure has become a little more scientific. We can help you pinpoint whether you are overweight and by how much. Use the chart below to assess whether you are a healthy weight.
Take a straight line across from your height (without shoes) and a line up from your weight. Put a mark where the two lines meet to reveal your Body Mass Index (BMI).
- A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is classified as healthy
- A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is regarded as overweight
- A BMI of 30 or above is classed as obese
Know your waist measurement
Taking a waist measurement is also a recognised indicator of potential weight related health
problems. As a rough guide, men with a waist measurement of 40 inches or more (102cm)
and women with a measurement greater than 35 inches (89cm) may have an increased risk of heart disease.
Why is it important to measure your waist?
There is an increased risk of developing heart disease
in people who are overweight. However, weight gain itself is not the only problem. In recent years it has become increasingly clear that body shape and distribution of fat has an impact on the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
The highest risk is seen in those people who tend to gain weight around the middle (sometimes called a beer belly or being ‘’apple shaped’’), a body shape which doctors refer to as abdominal obesity.
Reaching and controlling a healthy body weight
and shape can be a struggle, but studies have shown that reducing your weight by just 5 - 10% can lead to a 30% decrease in abdominal fat and a significant reduction in your chance of developing heart disease.
If you need further information about weight management or maintaining a healthy lifestyle please visit our our Pharmacy Locator to find your local Alphega pharmacist, and ask for advice.