Body weight is probably the most common concern for women today for reasons related to both health and appearance. With the media’s emphasis on stick-thin celebrities, it’s easy to forget that not everyone is meant to be a size 0. Rather, it’s more important to find a healthy weight range and remain within this area
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Weight and health
A normal weight is important as a sign of overall health. Underweight women are at risk of amenorrhea (lack of menstruation), infertility, anemia, bone loss and nutritional deficiency. Obese women are at risk for heart problems, several types of cancer, diabetes, arthritis and numerous other ailments.
Normal weight is given to an area because weight fluctuates throughout each day and, for women, every month. Furthermore, women with similar heights and body types have different body weight because one can have more or less muscle or fat than another.
Height and weight tables
For decades, doctors have relied on height and weight tables created by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Separate charts are available for men and women, and each shows the weight ranges for small, medium and large frames. Although these lists are helpful for general information, many people have trouble determining their frame size, which is determined by measuring the elbow width for these tables.
In addition, men and women are higher now than in previous generations and charts, last revised in 1999, shows “hopelessly low weights” for tall people, according to Dr. Steven B. Halls, MD
One way to find out if you are in a healthy weight range is to measure your Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is the ratio between weight and height. A normal BMI should be between 19 and 24.9. Under 19 is considered underweight while a BMI between 24.9 and 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI above 29.9 is considered overweight.
In addition to weight and BMI, medical professionals also consider waist. According to the National Institutes of Health, women with a waist greater than 35 inches around at an increased risk for chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Measure the height and weight of a doctor’s office for the most accurate results. Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, especially if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or heart disease.