What’s Considered a Healthy Weight?

What’s Considered a Healthy Weight?

Sometimes it’s easy to recognize when you should lose some weight — maybe you have extra weight around your belly, or your clothes no longer fit like they used to. But your weight plays a much larger role in your life than appearance alone. 

Dr. Chad Carlton and the LoneStar Bariatrics team specialize in personalized weight loss solutions to help people reach and maintain a healthy weight once and for all. Dr. Carlton shared these insights into why a healthy weight matters and how it is more than a number.

What does “healthy weight” mean?

First, it’s important to spend some time talking about what it means to be a healthy or ideal weight. Simply put, carrying too much extra weight increases your risk of health problems, like:

Similarly, you can also experience health problems from being underweight. So, it’s essential to determine a healthy weight for your body in order to optimize your wellness.

The role of body mass index

The first tool our team uses as a guide involves your BMI or body mass index. This measurement measures your weight in relation to your height. Then, we compare the resulting number to the BMI chart:

Calculating your BMI can be helpful, but it’s not always the most accurate method for determining a healthy weight. That’s because the simple calculation doesn’t account for other factors, like muscle composition or frame size.

How your shape comes into play

Another useful method for determining a healthy weight involves your waist-to-hip ratio and waist-to-height ratio. Confused? Don’t worry; we can help.

Waist-to-hip ratio

Your waist-to-hip ratio looks at how much weight you carry in your lower body, specifically your waist, hips, and buttocks. To calculate this number, you measure your waist above your belly button. This is your waist circumference. Then, measure the widest portion of your hips and buttocks to learn your hip circumference.

Finally, divide your waist circumference by your hip circumference to determine your waist-to-hip ratio. A healthy ratio for women usually falls around 0.85 or less. For men, this number is 0.9 or less.

If you have a ratio of 1.0 or higher, you could have a higher risk of heart disease and other weight-related conditions.

Waist-to-height ratio

One of the most straightforward indicators of a weight problem involves the amount of fat you have in your midsection. In fact, we often use the waist-to-height ratio to assess a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even mortality.

To find your waist-to-height ratio, measure your waist circumference in inches and divide it by your height. Healthy waist-to-height ranges should fall within 42-48% in women and 34-52% in men.

Looking for an easier approach? Just measure your waist. If you’re a woman and the number exceeds 35 inches, your measurement is high. If you’re a man, your measurement is high if your waist is greater than 40 inches.

How to reach a healthy weight

Those are just a few methods we use to determine your ideal weight for maximum health. But we don’t stop there. We also offer a personal approach to helping you reach a healthy weight, permanently.

Our weight-loss programs vary from nonsurgical to surgical solutions, such as:

We can help demystify the weight loss process and help you reach a healthy weight once and for all.

Are you ready to learn your healthy weight? Schedule an appointment at the LoneStar Bariatrics location nearest you by calling or booking online today.

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