height against your weight
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You can use this chart to check if you're the right weight for
your height. Alternatively, you can use the
healthy weight calculator. (NHS
This height/weight chart is only suitable for adult men and women. It
isn't suitable for children or young people under 18.
If you want to check if your child is a healthy weight, or if you are
under 18 yourself, use the BMI healthy weight calculator, which is
suitable for both adults and children.
Growth charts specifically for children are included in the red book
(Personal Child Health Record) given to parents in most areas of England
just before or after the birth of their child.
Interpreting the height/weight chart
Remember that this chart is only suitable for people aged 18 and over.
If you're in the underweight range, there are a number of possible
reasons for this. Your GP can help you find out more and give you help and
advice. You can learn more by reading
Nutrition for underweight adults.
If you're in this range, it means you're a healthy weight for your
height. However, to stay in good health, it's still important to eat a
(NHS website) and include physical activity in your daily life. Adults
should be active for at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) every
week. Find out more in
Benefits of exercise.
Overweight, obese or very obese
If you're in any of these ranges, you're heavier than is healthy for
someone of your height. Excess weight puts you at increased risk of heart
disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. It's time to take action. There's
lots of information, advice and support on NHS Choices that can help you.
NHS weight loss plan
, a free 12-week diet and exercise programme.
(NHS website) has information and advice on achieving a healthy
Food and diet
contains information and advice on healthy eating.
(NHS website) is full of exercise plans such as Couch to 5K to help you
get more active.
You can also talk to your GP or practice nurse. They can offer advice
on lifestyle changes, and may refer you to a weight loss group or discuss
other treatments. Find out more in
How your GP can help.
Is this chart suitable for all adults?
This chart is suitable for most people aged 18 and over. However, if
you have a very muscular build it may not be suitable. This is because
having lots of muscle may put you in the overweight or obese categories,
even if you have little body fat. For example, professional rugby players
can fall into the 'obese' category despite having very little body fat.
However, this will not apply to most people.
In addition to BMI, your waist circumference can provide information
about your health. You can learn more in
body shape matters
Please use these charts as a guide and not a rule.
Remember everyone is different.
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