WHAT SHOULD I WEIGH - Adults?

As you know, people come in all shapes and sizes.  The best weight for you is the one that is right for your genetic body type. It's not always "good" to be thin or "bad" to weigh more - just like it's not "good" to be tall and "bad" to be short. There is no "perfect" body size!

Physical traits passed down your genetic line play a role in determining your size and weight, BUT your LIFESTYLE - eating and exercise - plays an even bigger role. 

The way you live has a significant impact on the way you look.

How much you weigh is determined by the calories you eat and the calories you use.  If you eat more calories than your body uses, you can gain too much weight.  If you sit at the computer or watch television excessively, you will burn fewer calories than if you are moving your body more. Likewise, if you exercise too much and don't eat enough, you won't get enough calories to be healthy.  If you are in BALANCE, your weight will remain in the proper range for you. Staying at the right weight for you means knowing the healthy weight for your age, height and body type.  Checking with your doctor or dietitian/nutritionist can help you to be sure. 

HOW IS IT MEASURED?

Being overweight or underweight is more than what you weigh on a scale.  It has to do with height and body fat and can be determined by using the tool called body mass index, or BMI. 

WHAT IS BMI?

Your height and weight go into a calculation that results in a BMI number for you.  The number can be plotted on a chart for your age and gender, to help determine if you are in a healthy weight range.  Because muscle weighs more that fat, it is possible for an athlete or highly muscular person to have a high BMI without being overweight.  It is also possible for someone to have a low or ideal BMI but still have too much body fat.  The best way to determine your muscle to fat ratio is to have a direct body fat assessment conducted.  This measurement helps determine the approximate percentage of fat on your body and the healthiest weight range for you based on that percentage.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

It's hard to feel good about yourself if you don't feel good about your body. Being overweight or underweight can invite feelings of embarrassment, sadness or anger.  You can suffer from low energy and struggle more with work and recreation. Being overweight or underweight can put you at higher risk for health problems and chronic diseases. Overweight/obesity can increase risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer and depression, while being underweight can increase risk of hormone abnormalities, osteoporosis, anemia and psychiatric illnesses.

Remember - BALANCING your calories IN-  the food you eat, with the calories OUT - how much you move, is the BEST way to stay the right weight for you!

 

Written by:  Mary Jo Parker, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Consultant to Personal Touch Food Services, Inc.

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEIGH - Kids?

People come in all different shapes and sizes.  The best weight for you is the one that is right for your genetic body type.  It's not always "good" to be thin or "bad" to weigh more - just like it's not "good" to be tall and "bad" to be short. There is no "perfect" body size!

Physical traits passed down from your parents play a role in determining your size and weight, BUT your LIFESTYLE - eating and exercise - plays an even bigger role. 

The way you live has a significant impact on the way you look.

How much you weigh is determined by the calories you eat and the calories you use.  If you eat more calories than your body uses, you can gain too much weight.  If you sit around watching television and playing video games too much, you will burn fewer calories than if you are moving your body more.  If you exercise too much and don't eat enough, you won't get enough calories to grow and be healthy.  If you are in BALANCE, your weight will stay right for you as you grow.  Staying at the right weight for you means knowing the healthy weight for your age, height and body type.  Checking with an adult and seeing your doctor or dietitian/nutritionist can help you to be sure. 

HOW IS IT MEASURED?

Being overweight or underweight is more that what you weigh on a scale.  It has to do with height and body fat, and can be determined by using the tool called body mass index, or BMI. 

WHAT IS BMI?

Your height and weight go into a calculation that results in a BMI number for you.  The number can be plotted on a chart for your age and if you are a boy or girl, to help determine if you are in a healthy weight range.  Because muscle weighs more that fat, it is possible for an athlete or other more muscular person to have a high BMI without being overweight.  It is also possible for someone to have a low or ideal BMI but still have too much body fat.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

It's hard to feel good about yourself if you don't feel good about your body. Being overweight or underweight can make you feel embarrassed, sad or angry.  You can have less energy and struggle more with school work and sports.  Kids who are overweight or underweight can be at higher risk of growth problems and disease as they grow older.

Remember - BALANCING your calories IN-  the food you eat, with the calories OUT - how much you move, is the BEST way to stay the right weight for you!

Written by:  Mary Jo Parker, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Consultant to Personal Touch Food Services, Inc.