Most of us know if we’re overweight by looking in the mirror or by the size or tightness of our clothes. You may like to check your weight in this chart, which also takes account of your height.
If your weight is within the ‘obese’ or ‘very obese’ sections, you are wise to be thinking about trying to lose some weight. Your long-term goal is to be in the ‘healthy weight’ section but in the short-term, you may wish to set yourself a more realistic target. Perhaps losing 5 to 10 pounds (2 to 4 kilos) because just a 10% reduction in weight can produce real improvements in your health.
Don’t be too ambitious in your goal, otherwise you are almost certain to be disappointed with the results. Remember that maintaining your current weight (that is, not gaining more) is an achievement in itself.
Your shape, as much as your weight, could be affecting your health risk. You can assess this by simply measuring your waist. Find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips and measure around your middle, at a point mid-way between these. For many people this will be at the level of the tummy button.
If you measure more than 32 inches (80cm) for a woman, or more than 37 inches (94cm) for a man, your health is at risk. If the measurement is more than 35 inches (88cm) for a woman or more than 40 inches (102cm) for a man, your risk is much higher. For people of South Asian origin, these figures are slightly different.
Other reasons for trying to lose weight may be as important to you as health. You might want to get fitter, get in shape, look better, feel better or just be able to get into clothes which no longer fit.
Whatever your reasons, you’ve made an important step by finding this website. Read more of our weight loss articles and lose weight, for good.