BMI (body mass index) is a measure of whether you’re a healthy weight for your height. BMI gives a good estimate of your weight-related health risks for most adults, there are exceptions.
Ethnicity, pregnancy, being muscular and anyone under 18 or over 60 this calculator may over or underestimate and so additional calculations or measurements are required. I will cover this in another blog.
How to check your BMI (BMI Calculator) to see if you are in a healthy weight range. To do this you need your current weight (kg) and height (cm) measurements. This will give you a number that is called your Body Mass Index (BMI) Generally if your BMI is over 35, or under 18, your health is at risk.
You can calculate your Body Mass Index using the BMI Calculator below.
Understanding your BMI result
Being underweight (BMI<18.5) could be a sign you’re not eating enough or you may be ill. If you’re underweight, we can assist you with nutritional advice on how to get your weight back to a healthy range. A detailed programme is created for you with recipes and a shopping list to make it as easy as possible.
A healthy weight range (BMI 8.5-24.5) is where you want to be, so that is great if you are at the ideal body weight for you. But do remember this is a wide range and further tweaking may be required regarding your fat stores and muscle mass. Important to prevent future health issues.
If you are overweight (BMI 24.5-29.9) chances are you have tried a few if not several times to change this. Weight loss is a specialist area at 121 Dietitian and we have helped thousands of people safely lose weight and most importantly keep this in control and enjoy life. Following our specialist, personalised plan and building in appropriate exercise is the goal.
A BMI of over 30 means you are in the obese category and clinically obese is where your BMI is over 35. It can feel overwhelming and lonely when you are faced with the thought of losing weight, especially if you have a lot to lose. Chances are like many you have tried repeatedly to tackle this yourself or with some form of generic programme and ended up back to the weight you were or heavier.
Here at 121 Dietitian we work with you to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We know it can take a few weeks to several months to get everything optimal in your life and health to see successful and permanent weight loss. You may need some blood tests for this which we will guide you on. A personalised programme is created for you taking into account every aspect of your life: including your health, your likes, dislikes, cooking ability, finances etc. Our Plus programme will monitor you for up to a year to ensure you are meeting your goals AND more crucially keeping the weight off for good.
BMI for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups
Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups have a higher risk of developing some long-term (chronic) conditions, such as type 2 diabetes. Checking your BMI figure
Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups adults with a BMI of:
- 23 or more are at increased risk
- 27.5 or more are at high risk
What to do next about your BMI or anything else..
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