Ideal weight: can you determine it from your size and age? A doctor answers: Current Woman The MAG

The weight displayed on the scale does not necessarily mean much, as many specialists explain, who often point out that when you strengthen muscles through regular physical activity, you tend to weigh more. heavy, that each person has their own morphology, and that what is valid for someone is not necessarily valid for others …

But how do we know if our weight corresponds to a “healthy” weight, or if we are overweight, or even in a situation of obesity?

Overweight: how to know your ideal weight?

For Doctor Jimmy Mohamed, there is in reality no “ideal weight”. The doctor explains, at the microphone ofEurope 1, that what matters is having a BMI that is neither too high nor too low.

He recalls that when a doctor mentions the patient’s weight, it is not because he is judging his silhouette, his appearance, but indeed, because overweight and obesity have a direct impact. on health, and that these diseases are risk factors for many other pathologies (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, etc.).

“You have to understand that when a doctor talks to you about your weight it is not to stigmatize you, but on the contrary to protect your health.”, specifies Doctor Jimmy Mohamed.

To know if your weight does not have a negative impact on your health, you should therefore calculate your body mass index.

BMI: how to calculate your body mass index?

To calculate your body mass index, and to know if you are overweight or not, it is very simple: you just have to divide your weight (in kilos), by the square of your height (in centimeters).

For example, if you weigh 62 kilograms and you are 165 centimeters tall, you would calculate your BMI this way: 62 / (1.65 x 1.65) = 62 / 2.72 = 23.89

Your BMI will therefore be 23.89.

A person is considered overweight from the moment their BMI is greater than 25, as the specialist recalls. If this number is greater than 30, that person is considered to be obese.

In the case of a person of 1m65, who weighs 62 kilos, by calculating his BMI, we are therefore not in a situation of overweight or obesity.

“It is not a perfect definition, but it has the merit of being objective. Because the image that the mirror sends back to us is often false, either by excess or by default.”, explains the doctor.

He nevertheless recalls that other criteria must be taken into account, such as a “big belly”, for example, which can alert: “The waist size is a reflection of visceral fat, that which accumulates on the organs. It sometimes leads to pathologies “, he warns.

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