Why Is a Healthy Weight Important?

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.

What is BMI?

(Body Mass Index)

BMI is used as a screening tool to indicate whether a person is underweight, overweight, obese or a healthy weight for their height.

If a person’s BMI is out of the healthy BMI range, their health risks may increase significantly.

BMI values are age-independent and the same for both sexes. However, BMI may not correspond to the same degree of fatness in different populations due to different body proportions.

Benefits of maintaining a healthy weight:

  • Fewer joint and muscle pains
  • Increased energy and ability to join in more activities
  • Improved regulation of bodily fluids and blood pressure
  • Reduced burden on the heart and circulatory system
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Reductions in blood triglycerides, blood glucose, and risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

The below table illustrates the ideal weight for both men and women according to their height:

Metric Ideal Height Weight Chart for Adults

Height Women Men BMI 22

cm.

152

kg.

49

kg.

52

kg.

52

155

51 54 54

157

52 56 56
160 54 58 58

163

56 60 60

165

57 62 62
168 59 63 64
170 61 65 66

173

63 67 68
175 64 69 70

178

66 71 72

180

68 73 74
213 69 75 76

216

71 77 78
218 73 79 80

221

74 81 82

224

76 82 84

226

78 84 86
229 80 86 88

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