Q: Hi doc and good morning to you, doc how can I maintain my weight of 60kg? Am I obese weighing 60kg?
A: Hi dear, thanks for writing in. The issue of obesity cannot be answered without having an idea of your height. So, I will say that you should be guided by your Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI is a quick way to tell whether or not you might be underweight or overweight, and what health problems you might have or develop because of your weight.
It is actually a measure of weight to height. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kg by your height squared in meters (that is height x height). Eg, if one weighs is 80kg and is 1.6m tall, the person’s BMI is 31.25. Different BMI readings have different meanings.
Here are 5 things you should know about your BMI
- If you’re under age 21, your age and gender need to be factored into your BMI to account for the different speeds at which guys and girls develop.
- If your BMI is less than 18.5, you are in the underweight category. Talk to your doctor to find out if your weight is a symptom of a medical problem. A registered dietitian can help you learn about healthy eating.
- If your BMI is between 19 and 24.9, you are in the recommended weight range for your height. But your health may still be at risk if you are not getting regular physical activity and practicing healthy eating. So, don’t start rejoicing just yet 🙂
- If your BMI is 25 to 29.9, you are in the overweight category. This may or may not be unhealthy, depending on some other things, like your waist size and other health problems you may have.
- If your BMI is 30 or higher, you’re in the obese category. You may need to lose weight and change your eating and activity habits to get healthy and stay healthy
Apart from your BMI, your waist measurement also plays a significant role in your health status. So, keep those tummies flat by eating healthy, y’all 🙂
Have a good night, everyone 🙂