Healthy or ideal body weight: are these the same?
Published: September 29, 2017
The "ideal" body weight.
All too frequently weight loss programs imply that each person has an "ideal" body weight: a specific number that appears when you stand on the bathroom scales.
However, the number that appears, even if the scales are accurate, does not necessarily tell you if your weight is a healthy body weight.
A supposedly "ideal" body weight is not necessarily synonymous with a healthy body weight.
Ideal body weights are usually calculated using weight and height comparison tables that were once used by insurance companies and which are now considered outdated for determining health.
The number on the scale is only one indicator of the "healthiness" of your weight and other body measurements are needed if you want to know whether your weight is healthy and ideal for you.
In addition to various body measurements a healthy body weight, for many people, is also associated with feeling good, physical appearance, clothes that fit, having energy, and healthy hair, skin and nails.
Being overweight or underweight can be associated with poor health, but how can you determine your healthy and ideal body weight?
This course will guide you through a series of steps which will help you determine various measurements that will enable you to evaluate your healthy body weight.
Your ideal body weight will be a healthy body weight as determined by your measurements and will also take into account how you feel and perceive yourself.
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