It is normal for people to wonder what their normal weight is for their age. And is there any correlation between the former and the latter, actually. Still, there is no certain answer as every person is unique and differs in physical characteristics.
However, there is a method that will help you to understand whether you are underweight, ideal weight, overweight or obese. The method is called Body Mass Index or BMI and it is actually based on the measures of your bodily fat in the correlation with the height and weight. Both men and women can be measured in this way. Well, you might say that there is not a word here about age as it definitely influences your health and weight, but still it is quite reliable.
The formula is quite simple:
• BMI (in Kg/m2) = [Weight (in Pounds) / (Height in inches) x (Height in inches)] x 703 (The factor of 703 makes sure that the value of BMI comes out in Kg/m2).
• BMI (in Kg/m2) = (Weight in Kilograms) / (Height in Meters) x (Height in Meters)
It is, however, advised that your doctor takes all the necessary measures in order for the final result and your BMI to be correct.
So, according to your BMI you will be classified in the following groups:
• Underweight – BMI is less than 18.5
• Normal weight – BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9
• Overweight – BMI is between 25 and 29.9
• Obese – BMI equals to or is greater than 30.
Therefore, keep in mind that to be considered obese you should have too much weigh for your height and may be you really need to reduce your calories intake if your are supposed to be taller with the weight you have got.
Now, back to age issue. We are all aware that the older we are the heavier we become all due to the tendency of our bodies to store fat instead of burning it. Therefore it is normal for a pensioner to have 3-5 percent more body fat than a student and be in the framework of healthy correlation weight-height. And it is also normal for women to have more fat than men. A person gets heavier after every 20 years of his or her life: about 1.5 % if it is a woman and 2.5 % heavier if it is a man.
Of course, you may not be satisfied with your weight and are willing to alter something. The best thing to do is to change your lifestyle for a healthier one. It presupposes more healthy food and a little exercise. It is really not hard.
What concerns age, it has already been said that its influence is different with every person and a lot of help here can be standardized tables – charts that show the healthy weight for every age. They aid in comparison of your individual indicators to the ones of the others of the same age and therefore decide whether your weight is normal and healthy or you are a bit or quite overweight. Moreover, your height and weight are affected by gender, genetics, nutrition, and physical load, also problems with health, environment conditions and hormone balance.
It is very beneficial to stay in the in the normal weight limit according to your height and age as all the risks of various illnesses are reduced. Moreover it has long been known that there is “a sound mind in a sound body” and it is 100% true.