Body mass index (BMI) is a good way to check if you’re a healthy weight. Use the NHS healthy weight calculator to find out your BMI, and get helpful information and advice.
For adults, BMI is a measure of whether you’re a healthy weight for your height.
For children aged two and over, BMI centile is used. This is a measure of whether the child is a healthy weight for their height, age and sex.
If you have a BMI above the healthy range you are at raised risk of the serious health problems linked to being overweight, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. In children, BMI centile indicates whether the child is a healthy weight.
My BMI Results are as above and this is the advice I have been given:
You are obese. Losing 30.7kg would put you in the middle of the healthy weight range.
Your BMI is well above the ideal range and indicates you are obese. Being obese puts you at a raised risk of health problems such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Losing weight will bring significant health improvements.
I am about to start walking to test out a theory of mine. As I understand it as long as I get my heart rate up I will start to lose weight. Right outside our house is a fairly steep hill and starting tonight I will walk up the hill 5 times a day. When I say walking I mean with a purpose….. It will be a long road! Forgive the pun.
I also intend to take the NHS advice given to me. They have a free weight loss plan. The plan, which has been downloaded more than 2 million times, is designed to help you lose weight safely – and keep it off.
Weight loss plan features
- promotes safe and sustainable weight loss
- learn to make healthier food choices
- get support from our online community
- a weekly progress chart
- exercise plans to help you lose weight
- learn skills to prevent weight regain
The plan is designed to help you lose weight at a safe rate of 0.5kg to 1kg (1lb to 2lb) each week by sticking to a daily calorie allowance.
For most men, this means sticking to a calorie limit of no more than 1,900kcal a day, and 1,400kcal for most women.
If you go over your limit one day, don’t worry: it simply means you’ll have to reduce your calorie intake on the following days.
To stay on track, you’d need to cut out an extra 300kcal from your remaining calorie intake over the rest of the week.
The calorie allowance is based on NICE guidance, which states that to lose weight, the average person should reduce their daily calorie intake by 600kcal.
If you find it hard sticking to the calorie limit, use our BMI calculator to get your own personal weight loss calorie allowance.