Body Mass Index
Entering your details gives an indication of whether you’re a healthy weight, and if not, how over or underweight you are. BMI isn’t perfect, but it’s a useful guide to get you started.
Are you overweight
Being underweight can be just as harmful to your health as being overweight. You might not be getting all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function. This can mean a lack of energy, always feeling tired, and a weakened immune system.
Learn more about undereating, and get help overcoming an eating disorder.
The key to healthy eating is a nutritious, well-balanced diet. Don’t try and be too strict with your diet, as you’re more likely to end up failing.
Make sure you have the right portion sizes on your plate, and try to avoid snacking in between meals. Focus on eating well most of the time, and don’t worry about the occasional treat. See our top tips below on choosing the right food to help you with a healthy diet.
If you are overweight or obese, you’re putting your body and your health at serious risk. You’re more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain kinds of cancer.
Being overweight can affect your mental health as well, and could lead to you feeling depressed. But if you want to lose weight, there is lots of support available, including tips on dieting correctly and exercising more.
On average, we’re consuming almost three times more sugar than we should be
Some fats are good for us, but we should all cut back on unhealthy saturated fat
Salt is added to lots of food packets and prepared meals without us realising
Everyone should aim for at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day
Men should aim for 2,500 calories a day, whilst women should have around 2,000
Cut back on snacks that are high in sugar or fat or swap them for healthier options
When we’re focused on what we eat, it’s easy to overlook what we’re drinking. Most us don’t drink as much water as we should, and this can affect our health by causing headaches, tiredness and mood swings. Drinking more water helps you focus, and can stop you feeling hungry too. You should aim for at least 6-8 glasses of day, which is about the same as a 2-litre bottle.
6 - 8 glasses per day.
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BMI (Body Mass Index) is a quick and simple way to calculate your weight in relation to your height, to determine if you are underweight, overweight, or at a healthy weight.
A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 25. Below this, and you may be underweight, above it, and you’re in danger of being overweight. If you have a BMI of 35 or more, you’re at serious risk of obesity, and should speak to a doctor for help and support.
Your BMI might not always be entirely accurate, as it’s only an estimation and is affected by:
- Being pregnant, or recently having given birth
- Being of muscular or athletic build
- Being under 18