Facts about being a healthy weight
It is not good for your health to be either overweight or underweight. Being overweight can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Being underweight can also affect your health by putting you at higher risk of infection, causing tiredness and slowing down wound healing. Being a healthy weight means you feel better, have more energy and are less likely to develop chronic illnesses.
To keep an eye on your weight, it is a good idea once a month to weigh yourself and to measure your waist every few weeks.
Waist measurement should be
• less than 80cm or 32 inches in women
• less than 94cm or 37 inches in men
People with excess weight around the tummy are more likely to develop health problems, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. If you notice your waist measurement increasing, reduce your energy intake from food and increase your activity.