How do I know if I’m at a healthy body weight?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dietitian Sarah Alligood discusses how to know if you are at a healthy body weight.

    Host: How do I know if I am at a healthy body weight?

    Sarah Alligood: Well, to figure out if you are at a healthy body weight there is a pretty simple way that you can get an approximation; it is a calculation where if you are a woman you will take a 100 pounds and then for every inch that you are over five feet, you would add five pounds. So for example, if you are a woman and you are 54 it would be a 120 pounds. Now there is a plus or minus 10% in there. So there is a wide range that you could actually be. It is not one magic number. Now for a man, you would take a 106 pounds and for every inch over 5 feet tall you are, you would do six pounds. For example, if a man was 510 his ideal body weight would be somewhere around 166 pounds plus or minus 10%. So that really gives a nice, wide range that you can fall in and be at a healthy weight.