A healthy weight is important to keep your body in
Adults can work out if they are a healthy weight by calculating
their body mass index (BMI).
Teenagers and children should only have their BMI assessed by
health professionals such as doctors.
You can work out your BMI by taking your weight (in kilos) and
dividing it by your height (in metres) squared.
For an adult, a healthy BMI will be between 20 and 25. Health
risks from being underweight rise under BMI 18. At the other end of
the scale the complications of obesity begin at about BMI 27 and
become a significant risk at BMI 30.
To check your BMI visit
healthy weight calculator page
on the NHS Choices
For more information visit the Food Standards Agency's
(FSA) eatwell website.
For more information about healthy and active lifestyles contact
our Go4Life team.