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How Much Should I Weigh?


This is a question many of us ask ourselves. Do you base your ideal weight on how you physically feel when we’re at a certain weight, or maybe how you feel in our clothing at a certain weight? According to the CDC Center of Disease Control we should go based on a scientific chart referred to as a BMI Chart. BMI Charts and calculators can easily be found online.

What is a BMI Chart?
Simply put, A BMI Chart is a Body mass index chart that is used as a tool by medical professionals to measure body fat based on height and weight. A BMI Chart applies to both adult men and women ages 20 and older. These charts are encouraged to be used by individuals who are not sure of what their ideal weight should be, individuals wanting to find their BMI category and for individuals wanting to work their way to an ideal weight by moving one category at a time.

BMI Categories
When looking at a standard BMI Chart you’ll notice there are five different categories. The first is labeled Underweight, the second is Normal Weight, the third is Overweight, the fourth is Obese and the fifth is Extreme Obesity. Once an individual has found their BMI category it is recommended that they work their way to the normal weight category or maintain themselves in the normal weight category by maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle.

• BMI Categories:
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Extreme Obesity =BMI 40 or greater

Why is it so important to stay within a Normal Weight?
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent many diseases. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing health problems such as 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 lower your risk for developing these problems. Not to mention it also helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.

Resources: Center of Disease Control

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For more information contact Christine De La Rosa at 956-312-1406, email cdelarosa@citylf.us or Los Frensos City Hall at 956-233-5768.