Healthy weight

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To find out if you're a healthy weight for your height, work out your body mass index (BMI).

You can easily check your BMI by using this BMI calculator. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy.

The BMI calculator can also be used to check if your child is a healthy weight.

If you or your child are overweight

Weight gain occurs when you regularly eat and drink more calories than you burn through normal bodily functions and physical activity. Read about the hidden causes of weight gain.

To lose weight, you should try to cut down on how much you eat and drink and be more active.

Find out more about calories and your weight.

Next steps

Take action now and start losing weight.

You can:

If you or your child are underweight

Being underweight isn't good for your health either. If you're concerned about yourself or someone else, read our pages on:

Page last reviewed: 05/11/2018
Next review due: 05/11/2021