A healthy weight can be determined by using the body mass index and by measuring the circumference of the waist. BMI is intended for people over age 20, according to WebMD.Continue Reading
A BMI is calculated by using the body mass index chart and a person's height in feet and weight in pounds. A BMI less than 18.5 is considered underweight, and it may be due to a medical problem, states WebMD. A registered dietitian may be able to help an underweight person with healthy eating habits.
The recommended weight range is a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. People in this range must still consider physical activity and healthy eating habits, says WebMD. A person is considered overweight if his BMI falls between 25 and 29.9. This may or may not be unhealthy depending on level of activity, healthy eating practices and muscular build.
A BMI of 30 or higher places a person in the obese category. People in this range should discuss weight loss and eating habits with their doctor, reports WebMD.
Asian people may have a lower recommended weight range. BMI provides a clue into a person's health, but it is only one indicator of overall health, explains WebMD.Learn more about Medical Ranges & Levels