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Body Mass Index
Where does your weight range fall? From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, here's a scale that you can use, using just a pen and paper, or a calculator.
Weigh yourself without clothes or shoes (we won't look.) Write down the pounds.
If you don't know how tall you are, have someone help you measure in inches without shoes on. Half inches count as .5. If you are 5 feet and 5 1/2 inches, you would use 65.5.
Multiply your weight in pounds by 703.
Why is it so important to control your weight? A healthy weight can help control or avoid diabetes, heart problems, circulatory disease, joint wear and tear, high blood pressure, sleep problems, and varicose veins. Even some cancers are more probable, and harder to diagnose, if you are significantly overweight. You will also have much more energy, you'll look better and your clothing will fit sharper at a normal weight.
The best method to lose weight is to do it slowly, and while eating a healthy, nutritious diet you enjoy. Starving or crash diets, laxatives, purging, diet pills and other drastic remedies can do almost as much damage to your health as being somewhat overweight.
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