Measuring your weight doesn’t need to be scary. It’s just a step on your new health journey that will help you understand your weight.
There are two main ways of measuring weight. They are:
Which Weight Measurement Method is Right for You?
One is not better than the other. Both BMI and waist circumference are simply tools to help you gauge your weight and health. You can try both of them and write down the results to discuss them with your healthcare provider.
Measuring your waist circumference is a simple way to have insight into your health.
To find your waist circumference, place a tape measure around the area above your hip bone and below your rib cage and read the number where the tape meets itself.
When it comes to what the number means, there’s only simple thresholds for men and women:
- 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.
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|
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Your BMI is a measure of your weight related to height. To calculate your BMI, you need to know your height (in inches) and your weight (in pounds).
If you have a scale in your home it is best to measure your weight before you put it in the calculator. If you don’t know your exact weight, you will want to recalculate your BMI once you have that number.
Knowing your BMI will help you know your weight category. There are five weight categories. Knowing which category you are is based on your body mass index (BMI) and will be important when you meet with your healthcare provider.
Ready to calculate your BMI? Perfect, simply enter your height in inches and your weight in the boxes in the section below: ↓