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Back to Healthy weight. Use this calculator to check your body mass index BMI and find out if you're a healthy weight. Or you can use it to check your child's BMI. Being underweight could be a you're not eating enough or you may be ill. If you're underweight, a GP can help.
Find out more in underweight adults. Keep up the good work! For tips on maintaining a healthy weight, check out the food and diet and fitness sections. The best way to lose weight if you're overweight is through a combination of diet and exercise. The BMI calculator will give you a personal calorie allowance to help you achieve a healthy weight safely.
The best way to lose weight if you're obese is through a combination of diet and exercise, and, in some cases, medicines. See a GP for help and advice. Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups have a higher risk of developing some long-term chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes.
Measuring your waist is a good way to check you're not carrying too much fat around your stomach, which can raise your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. You can have a healthy BMI and still have excess tummy fat, meaning you're still at risk of developing these conditions. For children and young people aged 2 to 18, the BMI calculator takes into age and gender as well as height and weight. Overweight children are thought to be at increased risk of a variety of health conditions, and they're also more likely to be overweight as adults. 's BMI is expressed as a "centile" to show how their BMI compares with children who took part in national surveys.
Measuring waist size is not routinely recommended for children because it does not take their height into. See a GP if you're concerned about your child's weight. They may be able to refer you to your local healthy lifestyle programme for children, young people and families.
Find out more in underweight children aged 6 to 12 and very overweight children. Get tips on how to encourage your child to be more active and eat well. Your BMI can tell you if you're carrying too much weight, but it cannot tell if you're carrying too much fat. Pregnancy will also affect a woman's BMI result. Your BMI will go up as your weight increases. You should use your pre-pregnancy weight when calculating your BMI. Apart from these limitations, the BMI is a relatively straightforward and convenient way of assessing someone's weight. If you have an eating disorderthe BMI calculator do not apply.
Please get further advice from a GP. You can use your BMI result as a starting point for further discussion with a GP about your weight and general health. Find out how your GP can help you lose weight and check out the Change4Life website for practical tips on staying healthy as a family. A BMI above the healthy weight range or too much fat around your waist can increase your risk of serious health problems like:.
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