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How can you tell if you have reached a healthy weight?

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Stepping on your bathroom scale alone won't tell you if you're at a healthy weight, since it doesn't take your height into account. At 150 pounds, you're overweight if you measure 5 feet 2 inches tall, but just right if you're 6 feet 2 inches.

A more accurate measure is your body mass index (BMI), which calculates your weight in relation to your height. A BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9 is healthy.

SOURCES:

Boutcher, S. , 2011. Journal of Obesity

CalorieKing: "Diet and Weight loss. Calorie Counter and More."

Kramer, C. , Dec. 3, 2013. Annals of Internal Medicine

News release, European Society of Cardiology.

News release, Perelman School of Medicine.

National Institutes of Health: "Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk."

Weight-control Information Network: "Better Health and You."

Starbucks: "Explore Our Menu."

European Society of Cardiology. , Sept. 4, 2012. Science Daily

Harvard Health Publications: "Calories burned in 30 minutes for people of three different weights."

CDC: “Assessing Your Weight,” "Why Strength Training?"

U.S. Department of Agriculture, ChooseMyPlate.gov: "Increase Physical Activity;" "Why is it important to eat grains, especially whole grains?;" "What are Empty Calories?;" and "How Many Grain Foods are Needed Daily?"

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "What is the relationship between whole grain intake and body weight?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Key Recommendations.”

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. , Aug. 22, 2013. Science Daily

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 30, 2018

SOURCES:

Boutcher, S. , 2011. Journal of Obesity

CalorieKing: "Diet and Weight loss. Calorie Counter and More."

Kramer, C. , Dec. 3, 2013. Annals of Internal Medicine

News release, European Society of Cardiology.

News release, Perelman School of Medicine.

National Institutes of Health: "Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk."

Weight-control Information Network: "Better Health and You."

Starbucks: "Explore Our Menu."

European Society of Cardiology. , Sept. 4, 2012. Science Daily

Harvard Health Publications: "Calories burned in 30 minutes for people of three different weights."

CDC: “Assessing Your Weight,” "Why Strength Training?"

U.S. Department of Agriculture, ChooseMyPlate.gov: "Increase Physical Activity;" "Why is it important to eat grains, especially whole grains?;" "What are Empty Calories?;" and "How Many Grain Foods are Needed Daily?"

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "What is the relationship between whole grain intake and body weight?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Key Recommendations.”

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. , Aug. 22, 2013. Science Daily

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 30, 2018

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