What healthy weight is ?

What healthy weight is ?

A healthy weight is the appropriate body weight for you – it is different for everyone and depends on your:

  • Gender.
  • Age.
  • Height.
  • Muscle mass.
  • Biological and genetic factors, including ethnic background.

Work out your healthy weight

You can determine whether your weight is in the healthy range, by working out your body mass index (BMI). A healthy BMI range is 18.5 to 24.9.

But the BMI doesn’t take account of body shape or fitness levels. For example, an athlete might have a BMI in the overweight range due to muscle mass.

So, measuring waist circumference, as well as BMI, can help determine whether you could be at risk of some chronic conditions.  

If you are worried about your weight, speak to your doctor.

Why healthy weight is important

Being a healthy weight:

  • Provides better quality of life – including feeling better, having more energy, and having a higher self-esteem.
  • Reduces the risk of ill-health – overweight and obesity is a major risk factor for many conditions.
  • Makes it easier to manage chronic conditions.
  • Helps improve mental health  – being overweight or obese can contribute to mental ill-health, including low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. 
  • Helps you live longer – on average, people with BMIs of 30 to 35 die 2 to 4 years earlier than those with healthy weight, while those with BMIs of 40 to 45 die 8 to 10 years earlier.


Being overweight or obese increases the risk of:

The higher the excess weight, the higher the risk of developing these conditions.

Being overweight or obese can also make it harder to control or manage existing chronic conditions.