Healthy Weight Range Chart - Can BMI Be Trusted?

By Sam Jones

Lots of visitors to my website have commented on my article relating to the question: Am I Overweight? For this article I did some research relating to the current trends and opinions on measuring healthy weight using the healthy weight chart.

In my article I explain the differences between the different methods of calculating the healthy weight range of an individual using the healthy weight chart.

The healthy weight chart or height weight chart can give a result that leaves some people confused.

These charts work on a very similar way to the more modern BMI scale of calculating your 'healthy weight' based on some mathematics to produce a height to weight ratio.

In recent times many people have questioned the accuracy of such a system that is based on such generalised personal information as height and weight and is constructed using comparative data that dates back 40 years.

There is a particular problem with the modern diet that means that many of us now carry excessive and disproportionate amounts of fat around our waistline.

All the information from the height weight chart is for information purposes only and should be used together with other relevant factors to decide if you are within a healthy weight range.

Healthy weight range like many other similar systems is designed by taking in information from many sources of population data and averaging it out to produce the system.

For the vast majority of the population the height weight chart gives a realistic picture of where you are within the range of healthy weight.

Because of the generalised nature of these tools you should always look at other factors besides the height weight chart to be confident in the accuracy of your result.

Be aware that these simple tools can produce some misleading results for some people:

We identified a subject (over 6 foot in height) who has now been assessed as being at risk of fatty liver disease, even though his healthy weight range score indicated otherwise. This is an example of the problems with this simple system.

If you are tall but carry excessive weight around your abdominal region you should seek medical advice as you may be at increased risk of disease.

So if you are a tall person who tends to carry weight around the middle of your body you should ask your doctor for advice, and NOT rely on BMI as a measure of your healthy weight.

To sum up: Due to known inaccuracies of the measurement systems for height to weight ratio, more doctors have now updated their advice to patients to be aware that carrying weight around the middle part of your body can put you at increased risk of diseases.

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