Read on to know which is the best method that is indicative of your health status!

Everyone wishes to be healthy and slim. However, each one of us has a different health condition, weight, height, and age, which brings in the difference, for all to be considered healthy. It is definitely not a difficult task to figure out perfect weight for one’s age and height. Here are simple ways that can be used to correctly calculate the ideal body weight of any individual.

But, before progressing to that magic formula it is important to be familiar with other factors which influences our body weight. These factors are age, gender, height, bone density, body frame, body fat percentage, ethnicity, genes, and metabolic rate.

Now, coming to the ways to calculate your ideal body weight, here is how you can figure it out.

Body mass index (BMI)

It can be calculated by using the formula of dividing your weight (in kgs) by height (in meters) square. So, for a person who weighs 90 kgs and is 1.8 m tall, the BMI can be calculated as 90/(1.8*1.8)=27.7, where BMI value less than 18.5 is categorized as underweight, between 18.5 to 25 as ideal body weight, between 25 to 30 as overweight, and greater than 30 as obese.

Waist-Hip ratio (WHR)

This can be calculated by first measuring the waist as the smallest circumference above navel and hips as the widest circumference below the navel. So, a person with 33 inches waist and 42 inches hip circumference will have a WHR of 33/42=0.78. For males, WHR below 0.9 is indicative of a low risk of cardiovascular disorders, between 0.9 to 0.99 of moderate risk, and above 0.99 of a high risk of cardiovascular disorders. For females, WHR below 0.8 is indicative of a low risk of cardiovascular disorders, between 0.8 to 0.89 of moderate risk, and above 0.89 of a high risk of cardiovascular disorders.

Other parameters, such as waist to height ratio and body fat percentage, are seldom used as the health indicators. So, it is best to refer to BMI and WHR as the closest indicator of your health status and to figure out your ideal body weight/ body measurements.