Measuring your weight doesn’t have to be scary. Remember, the number on a scale does not define you as a person, but measuring your weight is important in maintaining your overall health.
Think of your car for a second. Every three months or so, you take your car into the mechanic for an oil change. Why? Well, because you want to make sure it’s running in tip top shape.
That same principle applies here. You have to measure your weight every now and then to know how you’re body is doing, and to make sure that it’s running in tip top shape!
In this section, you will learn more about the two most commonly used methods of weight measurement:
- Calculating your body mass index (BMI), and
- Measuring your waist circumference
Tools to Measure Your Weight
The two main ways of measuring weight are by calculating your body mass index (BMI) and your waist circumference. Both methods of weight measurement are a good indicator of your weight so feel free to use either one, or try both! Whether you use BMI or waist circumference, measuring your weight should not be intimidating. Remember, you’re doing this because you care about yourself, your family and most importantly – your HEALTH.
Which Weight Measurement Method is Right for You?
Truthfully, there is no right or wrong method. One is not better than the other. Both BMI and waist circumference are simply tools to help you gauge your weight and health. Go ahead and try both of them, and write down the results to discuss them with your healthcare provider.
This less-common method is a simple measurement to determine normal, overweight, obesity and severe obesity by measuring your waist.
Finding Your Waist Circumference
To find your waist circumference, wrap a tape measure around the area above your hip bone and below your rib cage.
Males and Females
For females, a waist circumference of 35 inches or greater is considered unhealthy.
For males, a waist circumference of 40 inches or greater is considered unhealthy.
There is not a classification chart or various ranges used with this method to determine obesity. Only the simple thresholds for men and women noted above apply.
Waist Circumference Disease Risk Chart
The chart below details the increased risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardio vascular disease associated with excess weight.
|Weight Category||Men < 102cm (<40in.)
Women <88cm (<35in.)
|Men >102cm (>40in.)
Women >88cm (>35in.)
|Obesity w/ BMI > 34.9||Very High||Very High|
|Severe Obesity||Extremely High||Extremely High|
If you calculated your waist circumference and it was higher than the above recommended value, you may want to consider speaking to a healthcare provider about your weight. Don’t worry though, this Campaign will help you prepare for that first appointment. All you need to do is take the Your Weight Matters Challenge!
If you haven’t measured your weight using waist circumference, you can use the BMI calculator below or take the next step now!
Body Mass Index (BMI)
First, you have to step on the scale. Don’t worry, go ahead and do it. Remember, it’s a number. Next, you take that number and calculate your BMI. People often hear “BMI” and wonder, “What is that?” BMI is a simple measurement method to determine one’s weight category. BMI is a number calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by his/her height in meters squared. There are four main weight categories that healthcare professionals use when assessing weight. They are “normal,” “overweight,” “obesity” and “severe obseity.” Depending on your BMI, you’ll most likely fall into one of these four weight status categories.
Ready to calculate your BMI? Perfect, simply enter your height in inches and your weight in the below boxes.