Almost two out of three Australian adults are overweight or obese.
Being overweight, especially around your waistline, increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. If you already have diabetes, managing your weight is important in helping you to avoid complications.
How do I know if I am a healthy weight?
There are a few ways to tell if you are a healthy weight. These include measuring your waistline and body mass index (BMI).
Measuring your waist is simple to do, just follow the steps below.
- Measure halfway between your lowest rib and the top of your hip bone, roughly in line with your belly button.
- Place a measuring tape directly against your skin and breathe out normally.
- Check your measurement.
Women should aim for a waist circumference less than 80cm and men should aim for less than 94cm.
Body Mass Index
BMI is a widely used measure to find out whether you are a healthy weight for your height. Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared. For example, a person who weighs 60 kilograms and is 165cm tall would calculate their BMI as follows: